More sci-fi coming our way courtesy of Ridley Scott

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

There's always something exciting about seeing the words "sci-fi" and "Ridley Scott" in the same sentence.

After all, this is the director who brought us two of the greatest science fiction films of all time—Blade Runner and Alien—and made a third attempt recently with Prometheus (that one is still being debated).

Now comes word via Slashfilm that Scott, partnering with the international division of Focus Features, plans to oversee a new series of six low-budget genre movies over the next three years, with the half-dozen pictures falling into the "horror, thriller and sci-fi" categories. The films will be produced in cooperation with Northern Ireland Screen and shot in that area of the world.

Scott said in a press release:

Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences. Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies.

Clearly there's a couple of things at work here: Focus is looking to get into the low-budget genre movie game that has worked so well in the last few years for studios like Paramount (Paranormal Activity, The Devil Inside), FilmDistrict (Insidious) and Summit (Sinister).

As for Sir Ridley, this is his chance to mentor some promising young filmmakers while keeping his hand in the genre that made his name in the first place.

Does this sounds like an interesting new project to you? Can Scott find the time to oversee all these films while still making his own?