Ridley Scott to Direct New Blade Runner FilmFeatures, Movie News — By ecksmanfan on August 19, 2011 4:45 am
Ridley Scott recently returned to his iconic Alien franchise with his latest project Prometheus, which had several connections to the popular franchise. Now, Scott is looking to take on his other popular sc-fi property in another Blade Runner film. Scott will direct as well as produce the film. The original film, which starred Harrison Ford, was based on Richard Deckard, a “Blade Runner” whose purpose was to hunt down and destroy stray androids known as replicants. Things become complicated when Deckard falls in love with a replicant. The film has since become a cult hit with many sci-fi fans. Here is the press release from Alcon Entertainment (via Collider):
ALCON ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERING WITH RIDLEY SCOTT TO DIRECT AND PRODUCE NEW ‘BLADE RUNNER’ FOLLOW UP. BUD YORKIN AND CYNTHIA SIKES YORKIN ALSO TO PRODUCE.
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 18, 2011—Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to his own ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” for Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”).
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original.
Alcon and Yorkin recently announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It would be a gross understatement to say that we are elated Ridley Scott will shepherd this iconic story into a new, exciting direction. We are huge fans of Ridley’s and of the original ‘Blade Runner.’ This is once in a lifetime project for us.”
Scott is represented by David Wirtschafter at WME and David Nochinson at Ziffren Brittenham.
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others.
As the release states, it is unclear as to whether the film will be a sequel or a prequel, but one thing we do know is that it is unlikely that Harrison Ford will be returning. According to 24 Frames, the project is a total reinvention. In an interview with the site, Andrew Kosove, Alcon Entertainment producer, had this to say:
“In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott, but if you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting.”
The site also says that production may not get under way until 2013, with an expected release sometime in 2014. Scott will be meeting with writers in the near future so that he and his fellow producers can select a scribe for the film, which could be within months, if not weeks from now.
We will keep you updated with this news as more comes along.