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Harrison Ford has officially signed on to reprise the role of Rick Deckard in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel with filming set to begin sometime next year without Ridley Scott in the director's chair. He will instead set his sights to adapting Martin Weir's "The Martian" with Matt Damon in the lead.
Scott's departure from directing the project makes me wonder whether it also means he'll be unable to helm Prometheus 2, which was originally skedded for release in 2016.
"We talked at length about what [a story] could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense [Continued ...] »
Ridley Scott has been giving an update on Blade Runner 2, confirming that Harrison Ford will return as jaded replicant hunter Deckard, but in a smaller role. As for the master stylist who helmed the influential but troubled original, there’s disappointing news – Scott is out of the director’s chair, acting as producer only. With cameras set to crank up next year he elaborated a little about what the sequel would contain:
We (Scott and first film writer Hampton Fancher) talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one… Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.
This suggests a new set of characters, getting around the thorny topic of having an ageing »
- Steve Palace
Ridley Scott seems like one of those guys who is going to be directing movies right up until the moment he finally keels over mid-take at the ripe old age of 107. He just seems unstoppable. He hasn't even released his latest film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," and he's already shooting his next one, "The Martian," based on the popular book by Andy Weir. It does not appear, however, that he will actually be directing the "Blade Runner" sequel that they've been discussing for the last few years. In an interview with "Variety" this week, Scott announced that he will not be helming the film, but that they are very close to getting another filmmaker onboard. Scott's been supervising the development of the script for a while now, working with Hampton Fancher, one of the writers of the original "Blade Runner." “We talked at length about what it could be, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Ridley Scott recently shed some light on his plans for Blade Runner 2, and he even shared his plans for Harrison Ford.s role in the film. Scott had announced over the summer that he had officially put in an offer to Harrison Ford to reprise his role of Rick Deckard, and it seems he has now officially accepted. Variety reports that production of the film is set to kick off some time within the next year. Scott does not plan to direct the highly anticipated sequel, but he will be on board as the film.s producer. As for Ford, Scott said: We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much a part of this one, but it.s really about finding »
Justice League: Dark: Guillermo del Toro has submitted his script for Dark Universe, based on the DC Comics series Justice League: Dark, to Warner Bros. Now it's up to the studio to decide whether to move forward on the project, which follows a team of superheroes, including John Constantine and Swamp Thing, that deals with supernatural and occult happenings. [Forbes] Blade Runner 2: Ridley Scott says that a sequel to Blade Runner, his landmark 1982 science fiction film, should start production within the next year, but don't expect him to be directing. Still, he developed the storyline with Hampton Fancher, who cowrote the original, and will serve as a producer. He also indicated that Harrison Ford will return as Rick Deckard, though it will be a supporting...
- Peter Martin
We're very excited that Lola, one of our favorite film journals, has started to roll out its 5th issue entitled "Shows." The pieces published so far include Joe McElhaney on German filmmakers in Hollywood, Lesley Stern on the "Ghostliness of Gesture", and Dorian Stuber & Marianne Tettlebaum on To Be or Not to Be. Still to come: "essays on Claire Denis, Eduardo Coutinho, anime, Blade Runner, the filmic object, film criticism, and more ... plus a special interview with James Benning." The Museum of the Moving Image's "First Look" lineup has been announced and includes new films by Ulrich Seidl, Ken Jacobs, and Gina Telaroli. The series will be running between January 9th and 18th. For Criterion, Farren Smith Nehme writes on Frank Capra's It Happened One Night:
"An ideal romantic comedy doesn’t ignore reality; it converses with it. The Depression may be softened by moonlight and shining eyes, »
Speaking with Variety, Scott confirmed he is still on board to produce the film and confirms that production will take place sometime next year, but wouldn't go into details about why he is no longer taking the helm.
Scott and the original "Blade Runner" writer Hampton Fancher developed the script for the sequel, with "Green Lantern" scribe Michael Green coming onboard last Summer to polish it. Recently Scott reportedly indicated that the script is ready, and here he confirms Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard character is a part of the story:
"We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. »
- Garth Franklin
Ridley Scott is letting someone else take over the Blade Runner sequel. The director revealed that he is no longer going to direct the film. He helped developed the screenplay alongside Hampton Fancher (who, with David Peoples, wrote the original film), and will still be active in the sequel’s development, but only as producer. A director will be announced later.
In an interview with Variety, Scott said, “We talked at length about what it could be and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline.”
The project, is planned to go into production next year. Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. When talking about Ford's role in the film, Scott said, “Harrison is very much part of this one. But it’s really about finding him. He comes in in the third act.”
- Laura Frances
"Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him," Scott told Variety.
"He comes in in the third act."
In the interview, Scott also addressed the 'whitewashing' of his latest project Exodus: Gods and Kings, saying that he could not have pulled in the high budget and tax rebates if his lead actor had been "Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such".
"We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one, »
Ridley Scott has been planning to direct a sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" for years. But now comes word that he's not longer interested in directing the film, which is still proceeding as planned. Scott will remain very active in the development and production of the sequel, but has decided to leave helming to someone else. His replacement will soon be announced. "We talked at length about what [the story of the sequel] could be and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline," said Scott. "Harrison [Ford] is very much part of this one, but it's really about finding him. He comes in in the third act." »
Exodus helmer Ridley Scott told Variety that he will likely not direct the Blade Runner sequel he developed with actor-scribe Hampton Fancher. "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one," Scott said. He told the trade that he'd produce, but someone else will have to direct — the project purportedly begins filming within the next year. "Harrison (Ford) is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act," he added.Blade Runner news aside, the cover story revealed that Scott has begun shooting his adaptation of Andy Weir's sci-fi novel The Martian. The movie (same name) will feature Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels, among other high-octane names, and will follow a »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Ridley Scott is a man whose slate of projects never seems to dwindle, and inevitably, he can't get around to directing them all himself. His latest movie, Exocus: Gods And Kings, arrives in cinemas next month, and then he's straight off to make his next, the adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book The Martian (that Matt Damon will star in).
As a consequence of that, it'd been assumed that he'll be handing directing duties of Prometheus 2 over to someone else. But as it turns out, he's not going to be directing the mooted Blade Runner 2 either.
Scott has been involved with the project, developing the film alongside Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original). "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up »
We've been hearing all along that Ridley Scott would be coming back to direct Blade Runner 2, but today I bring you some sad news. Scott will not be directing the Blade Runner sequel, and I'm really bummed out by this. Him directing the movie was one of the only reasons I was so excited about it.
Scott will still produce the film, and a new director will fill Scott's directing chair. The plan is to shoot the movie in 2015. As for whether or not Harrison Ford will be a part of the sequel, Scott says we can expect to see the actor, but it will only be in the film’s third act. According to Scott, the story is about “finding him.” Him, as in Ford's character, Deckard.
This is what the director had to say about the film in an interview with Variety :
We talked at length about what it could be, »
- Joey Paur
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- Peter Sciretta
While doing press for his new movie Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott provided some new details to Variety about the Blade Runner sequel. He'll be directing The Martian next, and after that Ridley has plans to direct something else, but he wouldn't tell Variety which film. They were told it wouldn't be Blade Runner 2, which Scott has been developing the past few years with screenwriter Hampton Fancher. Even though Scott will sit on the bench (he'll produce) for Blade Runner 2, fans can be happy to know 'Rick Deckard' (Harrison Ford) is returning. Scott said, “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.” The film starts shooting in 2015, so they better figure out who is going to direct it fairly soon. Who would you like to see? My vote would go to Neill Blomkamp »
With The Martian and Prometheus 2 on his upcoming slate, it seems that Ridley Scott has decided against taking on the director’s chair on Blade Runner 2, although the sequel to the sci-fi classic is still going ahead and will begin filming within the next year, with Harrison Ford confirmed to appear.
“[Screenwriter Hampton Fancher and I] talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one,” Scott tells Variety. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
So, with Scott out, who would you like to see taking on the director’s chair for Blade Runner 2?
- Gary Collinson
Ridley Scott always has a full plate of possible films for him to tackle next and with Exodus: Gods and Kings in the can and ready to hit theaters on December 12 and him moving to The Martian after that, it was becoming a question of whether it would be Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner 2 after that. Well, it seems we may have our answer. Speaking with Variety, Scott revealed he won't be directing Blade Runner 2, but would instead serve only as producer. No word on who will fill in as director on the pic, written by original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher, but Scott did open up a little about the film's storyline and Harrison Ford's anticipated involvement as he'll return as Deckard. "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of »
- Brad Brevet
Ridley Scott might be in the autumn of his filmmaking career, but that doesn’t mean he’s not keen to relive his glory days back on the big screen. The seminal auteur, who cut his teeth on sci-fi genre staples such as 1979’s Alien and 1982’s Blade Runner, has already kickstarted the former franchise in last year’s divisive prequel, Prometheus. While lately, most chatter surrounding his upcoming slate has involved that film’s sequel, it’s the long-gestating second part of the 1982 sci-fi noir, Blade Runner 2, that fans are clamouring to know more about.
Doing the rounds to promote his upcoming Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Scott revealed a glut of previously-unknown plans for the android saga. The last time he spoke out about the sequel was in reference to its script, which he said was not only finished, but “damn good.” Excitement around the various tidbits »
- Gem Seddon
During a recent interview with Variety, Ridley Scott revealed that he is no longer directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project, although he is still on board to produce. The filmmaker did reveal that production will take place sometime next year, but he didn't offer any specifics on why he isn't directing.
The director originally developed the sequel screenplay with Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher, before Michael Green (Green Lantern) came aboard last May. Here's what Ridley Scott had to say about coming up with the story alongside Hampton Fancher. He also confirmed that Harrison Ford will return as Rick Deckard and offered new story details.
"We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about »
For a filmmaker of 76 years of age, Ridley Scott is showing no signs of slowing down. He just shot Prometheus, The Counselor, and this December’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings in quick succession, and while he’s prepping the sci-fi thriller The Martian to start production early next year, he’s also still talking about sequels to Prometheus and Blade Runner. It’s the latter that he addresses today, revealing that while he won’t be directing Blade Runner 2, it is poised to begin production next year. That’s somewhat surprising news given that we haven’t heard anything about a replacement director being set, but Scott now says he’ll only be involved in the picture as a producer. However, he also let slip how Harrison Ford fits into the film’s story. More after the jump. In a lengthy profile in Variety, it’s mentioned that »
- Adam Chitwood
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