The Taking of a Great Director
OTSONY pays tribute to the British-born director Tony Scott, who died at the weekend.
Regarded by many as the ultimate action filmmaker and famous for directing such blockbuster classics as Top Gun, Enemy of the State, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II, Unstoppable and the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, which was shot in New York City, Tony Scott will be missed. Tributes from fellow Hollywood directors have already started pouring into various Internet forums for the 68 year old, who committed suicide at the weekend.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s harbour division, the filmmaker jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach, California. According to officials, the director climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge and leapt off around 12:30 p.m. Police reportedly found a suicide note inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge. His identity was confirmed around 7 p.m. by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Scott and his older brother Ridley (the Oscar-nominated director of films like Alien, Gladiator, and Prometheus) were partners in Scott Free Productions, whose latest project is A&E’s four-hour medical thriller Coma, due to air next month. Tony Scott had been developing a sequel to his 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun.
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