Ridley Scott to Produce and Direct New 'Blade Runner' Movie

Ridley Scott to Produce and Direct New 'Blade Runner' Movie

Aug 18, 2011

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If sci-fi fans thought life couldn’t get any better when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to the Alien franchise with his new film Prometheus, then today’s mega-news is something they’d better sit down to hear.

Scott, who’s apparently feeling a bit nostalgic lately, has committed to producing and directing a new version of his film Blade Runner. The 1982 original, which featured Harrison Ford as a burnt out Blade Runner tasked with tracking down escaped androids called Replicants, has gone on to become a cult classic. Through the years, there’s been talk of a sequel – but nothing’s come of it. We suspect that will change now that Scott is involved.

Things are in the extremely early stages of development, which means there’s no script or real story idea yet. No one knows if this will be a prequel, a sequel, or some kind of remake or offshoot. Even if we did, that could easily change – as is the case with Scott’s Prometheus, which began life as an Alien prequel and is now being treated almost as an Alien spinoff instead. That change occurred when writer Damon Lindelof met with Scott and Fox brass and wowed them with his take on the material. The same thing could happen with Blade Runner.

Without a script or story, it’s impossible to even guess if a new Blade Runner will feature the return of Harrison Ford’s Deckard or will move in a new direction. Our personal hope is that Ford will return – it would be interesting to see where Deckard’s at in his life – but perhaps Scott wants to take the story down a different path.

One thing we can all but guarantee is that a new Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott will be visually breathtaking. The 1982 film is memorable for a number of reasons (including having like 50 different cuts floating around…), but the film’s unique look is certainly one of the first things people think of when it’s mentioned. It’s exciting to imagine what Scott could do with modern day technology.

While this new take Blade Runner is still lacking information about a lot of key details, we can’t help but be excited about the prospect of Ridley Scott coming back to explore this universe. Only time will tell if this film ever moves into production and eventual release, but for now it’s exhilarating just to know that there’s serious talk about returning to the world of the original film.

What do you guys think? What do you want to see in a new Blade Runner? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below. 

[via Deadline]

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