Ridley Scott Directing New ‘Blade Runner’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am,

Ridley Scott directing new Blade Runner movie Ridley Scott Directing New Blade Runner Movie

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Ridley Scott will revisit the Alien franchise next year with Prometheus, a spinoff project that takes place in the same universe as his classic 1979 sci-fi/horror tale. It turns out that won’t be the only one of the legendary filmmaker’s famous sci-fi titles that he’ll be returning to.

Word has gotten out that Scott is now committing to direct and produce a new installment in the Blade Runner franchise, based on his acclaimed 1982 adaptation of seminal sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Deadline is reporting that Scott plans to both direct and produce a new Blade Runner movie, working alongside Alcon Entertainment heads Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove (The Blind Side). It has yet to be revealed if the project the trio are developing is a prequel, sequel, or spinoff.

When Alcon and Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the Blade Runner series earlier this year, there was talk from the studio heads about how their dream pick to direct a new installment would be either a filmmaker who could replicate the approach Scott took in his original project (Christopher Nolan was cited as a specific example) – or Scott himself. It seems that the latter has enjoyed the experience of revisiting one of his previous sci-fi creations (Prometheus) enough to do it again.

Ridley Scott on the set of 'Blade Runner'

Blade Runner didn’t fare so well at the box office back in 1982, when sci-fi fans were more interested in checking out Steven Spielberg’s E.T. However, Scott’s film is now considered a cinematic masterpiece for its clever blend of pseudo-science and Noir genre elements – as well as its thought-provoking examination of issues concerning the very meaning of the word “humanity,” among other things. The film’s bleak, yet evocative, imagery of Los Angeles in the early 21st century has also become iconic in the years since its initial release; its influence on filmmakers is readily apparent, especially in similar philosophical sci-fi flicks like The Matrix, Dark City, or Inception.

Back when news first broke about there being plans to make additional Blade Runner movies, most everyone felt it was simply a cash grab on the part of Warner Bros. There’s certainly still truth to that accusation (Hollywood is a business, after all), but the involvement of Scott should certainly pique interests among fans who would definitely enjoy spending more time in the Blade Runner universe he devised.

We will keep you posted on the status of Scott’s new Blade Runner movie as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. So who else tries to spot “the tunnel” in other films. Just seen THX-1138. The final car chase? Hmmmm?

  2. I’m really not sure if a sequel to Blade Runner is the right idea. After all, Hollywood has a reputation of ruining classic films with the trite and tropes of today’s style of filmmaking ala MTV-style editing and bare-bones character development and plot. Blade Runner was and is sill regarded as one of the best sci-fi films of all time so Ridley Scott and co should take ULTRA extra care to ensure that this is a success. The original was such a classic that if this fails, then I fear it will tarnish the film for life. I hope that doesn’t happen, but with Hollywood’s attitude towards originality in movies, it may flop. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not holding my breath until I see some footage and script that is good and up to par with the original.

  3. 3 things made the original Blade Runner a hit in the years after it’s release:

    1. The Film-noir gumshoe dropped in a futurist city reinforces the concept that humans are humans and will never change.

    2. Rutger and Ford, amazing actors who embodied their respective roles.

    3. Stunning visuals, Mega-cities portrayed to the smallest detail, right down to the future people pushing the hari-krishna’s out of the way, and the futuristic porn shows (also a nod to the nature of man.)

    (Daryl Hannah in stockings squeezing Harrison Fords head between her legs didn’t hurt either!)

  4. if the real stars of a movie are still alive you should use them if you try to replace FORD you will lose all your money I hope.

  5. as far as Prometheus goes the muppets could play the parts at least you had the good thinking to change the name. please use Ford and Rutger. sure there 30 years older but so are you think about it when you make a star use them, the girl don,t matter she will be easy to replace i never thought she fit in anyway, yes look at my last name i do know a little about Hollywood.

  6. Will Harrison Ford be revisiting his role he had in the first movie, for the second Blade Runner?