Earlier today a news bomb was dropped in the form of Ridley Scott deciding to return to the Blade Runner universe for a follow-up to his 1982 sci-fi flick starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. The announcement didn't exactly come out of left field because we knew for awhile that Alcon Entertainment had picked up the rights to the franchise in an effort to continue the story either through a sequel or prequel. And we knew Scott was returning to his old properties to create unique follow-ups that played around with the original film's mythology in such a way that it wasn't a straight sequel or a prequel (see: Prometheus). Alcon still had to convince Scott to return to the Blade Runner universe, though, and after a discussion that included making sure this follow-up was as separate from the original as possible, the director agreed to take on the project.
Speaking to 24 Frames about the new hire, Alcon producer Andrew Kosove says they want the new film to be original. "Everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that’s wholly original from the first 'Blade Runner.' " Unfortunately for fans itching to see just how original they'll get with it, Kosove says they won't be able to start production until at least 2013 (between hiring the writer, getting a script, casting, etc), and so the earliest we'll see this new Blade Runner in theaters is 2014.
Regarding whether Harrison Ford will be a part of the new film, Kosove doesn't think so but that it'd ultimately be up to Scott. "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."
Kosove finished by saying that he wants people to know they're "very serious about doing this in an artistic way" and not just making "commercial fodder." We're not sure if that was a knock against TRON: Legacy or what, but here's hoping the man sticks to his word.