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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

That appears to be Hollywood's new motto regarding the Internet, which we don't need to tell you has revolutionized the way Americans receive their entertainment. With many viral videos and YouTube clips drawing tens of millions of viewers, user generated entertainment has a far broader fan base these days than old fashioned media like film and television. Now, Ridley Scott has come up with the perfect plan to turn this phenomenon to his advantage: he's going to let his fans create his movies for him.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the director of 'Alien' and 'Gladiator' is joining the online revolution with 'Life in a Day,' which will chronicle the lives of people around the world on a single day, Jul. 24. The premise: Filmmakers, fans and ordinary schlubs from around the world will film themselves living their daily life and upload their clips to YouTube, with a representative sample then stitched together to form the finished documentary, which Scott is producing. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

That appears to be Hollywood's new motto regarding the Internet, which we don't need to tell you has revolutionized the way Americans receive their entertainment. With many viral videos and YouTube clips drawing tens of millions of viewers, user generated entertainment has a far broader fan base these days than old fashioned media like film and television. Now, Ridley Scott has come up with the perfect plan to turn this phenomenon to his advantage: he's going to let his fans create his movies for him.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the director of 'Alien' and 'Gladiator' is joining the online revolution with 'Life in a Day,' which will chronicle the lives of people around the world on a single day, Jul. 24. The premise: Filmmakers, fans and ordinary schlubs from around the world will film themselves living their daily life and upload their clips to YouTube, with a representative sample then stitched together to form the finished documentary, which Scott is producing.

The result will be what head director Kevin Macdonald ('The Last King of Scotland') calls "a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010."

"It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking," he added, "and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world's online community."

'Life in a Day' is slated to debut at the 2011 Sundance Festival, with 20 of the movie's YouTube co-directors being flown to Colorado for the premiere, a prospect that has Sundance honcho John Cooper excited.

"A vital part of our mission is to support individual storytelling around the globe and to provide a platform for expression and experimentation," he said. "This is a great way to engage the YouTube community and to provide festival audiences with something new and unexpected."

To find out how you can participate and become a part of the Hollywood elite, you can check out the details here. Meanwhile, here's Scott explaining just what 'Life in a Day' is all about: