Variety reports that filmmaker Ridley Scott and his Scott Free Productions London unit have pacted with Focus Features International and Orchard Media to produce low budget genre films that will primarily shoot in Northern Ireland.
The deal will see Ridley Scott executive produce a slate of six horror, thriller and sci-fi features over three years with Focus Features handling worldwide sales for the projects.
The films, which will be produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen, will use Northern Ireland locations, crew, cast and services for primary shooting.
“Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences,” said Scott. “Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies.”