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Back in August, we reported that Ridley Scott will direct a follow-up to his 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, although it wasn't known if it will be a prequel or sequel. The filmmaker has now confirmed he will in fact be at the helm of the next Blade Runner, and that it is a sequel.
Ridley Scott revealed he is close to finding a writer to help him with the screenplay. Here's what he had to say below.
"I think I'm close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver. We're quite a long way in, actually."
Ridley Scott also said that the sequel will not feature members of the Blade Runner cast, including Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Back in March, we reported that Warner Bros. is lining up both prequels and sequels to Blade Runner.
Ridley Scott has committed himself to direct and produce a new Blade Runner movie for Warner Bros. and Alcon Productions. We reported back in March that Warner Bros. is looking to make both an unknown number of prequels and sequels to this sci-fi classic, and it isn't known which one Ridley Scott will tackle first.
The director will start on this new Blade Runner after he finishes work on Prometheus, which is slated for release on June 8, 2012. The new Blade Runner project does not have a writer attached at this point, and it isn't known if Harrison Ford will return to portray Richard Deckard.
Blade Runner was released theatrically in 1982 and, although it wasn't a blockbuster, grossing just $32 million, the movie gained a massive following in the years that followed. The movie centered on Harrison Ford's Richard Deckard, a blade runner who is tasked with finding and eliminating "replicants, »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fourth of a six part feature... read parts one, two and three.
For over a decade filmmaker George Lucas had been developing a project which was a gender reversal of the Biblical story about Moses being hidden as a baby in the bulrushes. When asked to describe Willow (1988), Lucas called it “an adventure fantasy that takes place a long time ago in a mythical land.” Cast as the title character who becomes the guardian and defender of the wayward baby from an evil sorceress was Warwick Davis who made a name for himself playing the Ewok known as Wicket. “I was on holiday in southwest England when I got a call from George to come to Elstree – one of the major British studios – and audition for the part,” remembers Davis. “Actually, I did four auditions altogether; three in England and one in America. »
Blade Runner (1982) Direction: Ridley Scott Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy, Brion James Screenplay: Hampton Fancher and David Peoples; from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Oscar Movies Harrison Ford, Blade Runner By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: Ridley Scott's dystopian 1982 sci-fi drama Blade Runner is one of those Hollywood productions whose initially mixed reviews were actually closer to the mark than the decades of hagiography that followed. That's not to say that Blade Runner is a bad film; it's only a much-ballyhooed mediocrity chiefly due to its sluggish screenplay. Adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from the equally so-so novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – a writer whose ideas for stories always outstripped his ability to render them into good prose — Blade Runner pales in comparison to »
- Dan Schneider
It was announced on Wednesday that Warner Bros. is planning to make both prequels and sequels to director Ridley Scott's epic sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner, with Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove overseeing the project for Alcon Entertainment.
Yesterday, new story details arrived. Knowing that Blade Runner's fanbase, and sci-fi aficionados in general, would be up in arms about continuing on with Blade Runner as a franchise, both Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove have taken the high road in explaining their intentions.
Today, Andrew A. Kosove came out to say those words most likely to get film buffs and remake haters on his side: He wants The Dark Knight Rises director and beloved fanboy auteur Christopher Nolan to helm his continuation of the Blade Runner saga.
The big news yesterday was that Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment are teaming up for new sequels and prequels to the 1982 classic Blade Runner. Producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove recently gave more details on the projects, revealing they never wanted to remake the original sci-fi thriller, but plan on building off the movie's mythology while utilizing today's technology. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove had to say.
"The Blade Runner lore is kind of irresistible. And the extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh."
"The risk is not just getting a movie made but coming up with a story that really justifies coming back one to one of the great science-fiction stories. »
As news of a new Blade Runner movie arrives, Ryan wonders whether a worthy sequel or prequel could ever be made…
I'll start by stating the obvious: Blade Runner was a one-off, never-to-be-repeated classic. It was a movie where finances, creative talent and serendipity all came together to produce, not just one of the finest science fiction movies of all time, but one of the most startlingly inventive films ever to come out of Hollywood.
Blade Runner was made at a time when its director was at the height of his creative powers. Fresh from his box office success with Alien, Ridley Scott poured his energies into an adaptation of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, and he probably hasn't made a film as individual or beautiful to behold since.
Warner Bros.-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (The Blind Side, The Book of Eli) co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove, in the most significant property acquisition negotiations in the Company's 13-year history, are in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce both prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller Blade Runner.
Alcon is negotiating to secure the rights from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on future Blade Runner movies along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Alcon's franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film. The project would be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. International rights are yet to be determined. »
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