Ridley Scott to Direct New BLADE RUNNER Movie [Updated] [Update #2: Possibly Filming in 2013, Ford Unlikely]

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Ridley Scott is returning to the Alien franchise (or at least with a film that has “Alien‘s DNA”) with the upcoming sci-fi flick Prometheus.  Now he’s revisiting another classic from his past as Alcon Entertainment has sent out a press release announcing that Scott will direct and produce a new installment of Blade Runner.  For those unfamiliar with the original, the 1982 sci-fi thriller was loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” [Correction: It's a novel, not a short story] and starred Harrison Ford as Richard Deckard, a burnt-out “Blade Runner” assigned to track down and destroy rogue superhuman androids known as “replicants”.  However, he then falls in love with one and there’s also some ambiguity as to whether or not Deckard may be a replicant himself.

Hit the jump for more details on this intriguing project. [Update: We've updated the story with the press release, which you can check out after the jump.] [Update #2: Alcon producer Andrew Kosgrove has stated that the earliest production could begin would be 2013, with a possible 2014 release, and said that it's unlikely that Harrison Ford would be involved in the film. His quotes have been included after the jump.]

blade-runner-image-harrison-fordThere’s no word on weather or not Ford would return for the film, presuming that it’s a sequel.  Just as Prometheus looks like a pseudo-Alien prequel (and the movie started out as a straight prequel to Scott’s film), the new Blade Runner could be a prequel or a spin-off or, in the cryptic terms used to describe Prometheus, the new movie could have Blade Runner DNA.  It’s important to note that this is just the first step, Scott has scores of other projects he could do, and there’s currently no script.  It could take years for this project to go into production assuming it ever does.

Alcon Entertainment handle the production of the film and would easily be the company’s most high-profile project to date and likely their most expensive.  Their biggest hit to date with 2009′s The Blind Side.  Alcon has an output deal with Warner Bros., who made the original film and released the 25th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray back in 2007.

blade-runner-image-harrison-fordCurrently, I’m ambivalent on the prospect of a new Blade Runner.  I’m not a hardcore fan of the original, but I understand why it’s so popular and it has an amazing aesthetic that could really be helped by the advances in technology.  I think fans will either be encouraged or discouraged by what they see with Prometheus and how Scott handles returning to the universe of his other sci-fi classic.

[Update #2] Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosgrove recently gave his two-cents on the project in a discussion with 24 Frames and said that the soonest he could envision shooting beginning is 2013, which gives Scott 18 months to hire a writer, get the script written, cast the film and work on pre-production. This also means that Scott feasibly has time to direct another project between Prometheus and the new Blade Runner film. This means that the earliest we could see the film hit screens is probably 2014. Kosgrove was also asked whether or not the new film would include Harrison Ford, to which he replied:

“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.”

Kosgrove said the film will be created “as separately as possible” from Scott’s original film, and this would be “wholly original.” Although he didn’t confirm whether that meant a prequel or sequel with different characters, a reboot, or something with the original film’s DNA a la Prometheus.

blade-runner-movie-posterHere’s the press release.  It’s insubstantial:

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.

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  • Tarek

    Now that’s a wonderful news! I have an orgasm! ^^

  • murdernexxus

    BEST NEWS EVER………”Time to die”

  • Marc

    With Ridley Scott on board this project has me intrigued. Can only imagine the enhancement todays technology could make on the world Scott created in the first one. I would also love to see Harrison Ford return, but from what I’ve read of the first movie it wasn’t a good experience for Ford or Scott, they purportedly butted heads and did not like each other very much.

  • zootcatchy

    i dont know what to think about it…
    i just hope scott will be available to keep the philosophical set of the original movie

  • Tarek

    Ford is too old now. He’s no longer this attractive man he was. It would be a disastrous idea to bring him back. Sorry Harrison if I would hurt you.

  • mil

    I’m so excited… I’m so scared!

  • droopy

    i think its time for ridley scotts career to die die die. what a fucking hack he has become. he hasnt made anything worth mentioning since black hawk down (and that movie isnt even that good). even american gangster was exactly what its title suggested; unoriginal, recycled shit. and now to kind of regain some sort of cred he’s going back to his two best movies to use them as templates so he doesnt have to do anything really creative. this news really pisses me off

  • Sarah Hardy

    Shia LaBeouf would make a good Rick Deckard.

    I hope Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, Joanna Cassidy and Edward James Olmos will have cameos as a tribute to the original classic 1982 film.

    • Tarek

      No! he will reminds me of Mutt Williams. ^^

      I think that the best thing to do is not to mess with the iconic character of Deckard. Maybe a new character with a new mood for the movie.
      But Vangelis must return back for the project, and the awesome designer Syd Mead too.

    • PatLang

      I’d rather see Chris Pine and Oscar Isaac in it. But Isaac would make an awesome replicant!

      • Tarek

        +1 for Chris Pine. He is a brilliant actor.

  • Shmojo

    Bladerunner seemed to be the last sacred thing that remained un-tarnished by the machine. This is a sad day.

    • David

      I agree. If this film is a prequel, sequel, or a reboot, I will not spend a penny on it. I can live with something set in the same universe, but not with an extension of the story.

  • colin

    Blade Runner bores me. Its like “harrison ford’s apartment, The Movie!”.

    • Tarek

      I understand dude. You need more explosions and mecha things blowing everything around. ^^

  • JLC

    Can replicants age? The first movie never answered that question since their lifespan was only 4 years. If they do a sequel bringing back Ford and Sean Young, I guess they can (assuming Deckard was a replicant).

  • Scott

    Can we get someone writing these articles that does care about the material? Almost every one of his articles say “I don’t really get why (blank) is popular.” or “I was never a fan of (blank).”

    • Marc

      Agreed. I don’t know if there is some enforced mandate at Collider.com for the author of each article to give their own petty, personal feelings about every update, but it’s getting a little tired.

  • B

    Note to the editor – “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” is a novel, not a short story.

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  • plainview

    but it feels like a pattern. Ridley goes back to Alien franchise, then he goes back to Blade Runner. what’s this? trying to connect with the past?

    anyways, if he really takes Prometheus to ANOTHER level then this might be a good news. he’ll take Blade Runner to another level. this is really unexpected news as i was hoping a new blood/talented/inspired choice for a director. i hoped one of those fans of the first film gets to make the sequel and take it to another level. Nolan comes to mind.

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Just one word: Why?

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Why?

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      Learn something new every day. If I don’t proceed the word Why with a question by a small, three-word phrase and a colon, my message won’t be flagged for moderation.

  • Spock Jenkins

    They should seriously get this guy from youtube – he is Awesome as a young Harrison Ford!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeQU7aqY8SE

  • Trick

    Finally, more stories from this universe
    the original cyberpunk LA is back

    It’s got to be a prequel, either handling how the replicants escaped, or going back to show all that Batty had experienced before his time on Earth (C-beams at Tannhauser gate, attack ships off the shoulder of Orion)

  • Trick

    Also wonder how much Scott was paid for this, must have been alot given how resistant he was in doin gthis for so long

  • JLC

    Another thing. The original Alien was a hit. The original Blade Runner was not. So why the new film? Of course, the original Tron and John Carpenter’s Thing weren’t hits, either, and we got new installments of those, too.

  • charliebronson

    cast michael fassbender and tom hardy and be done with it

  • Salfie

    If they remade Blade Runner, it’d be nice if they did it with Clive Owen in the Harrison Ford role. That being said, if it’s based on the Phillip K. Dick novel, why not give it a different name? Retain the “Do Androids Dream…” title, right?

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  • Alan

    Just redo the original one . I propose Brad Pitt, Jude Law, Daniel Craig for Decker, Rachel –____________? Roy_______________ Pris LILO

  • Alan

    Tom Hardy for Roy. Michael Pena for Gaff. Maria Bello For Zhora

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  • PatLang

    Mia Wasikowska for a Rachel character. She kind of looks like Sean Young.

  • PatLang

    For Pris, Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Browning or Abbie Cornish.

  • keir

    I could see a scruffy bearded Armie Hammer in a starring role.

  • brent

    Ben Foster for Rick Deckard, as he is already working with Ridley in the Alien prequel it would be cool to see both of them work back to back.

  • getyoasstomars

    Armie Hammer is not happening.
    No JLA or Lone Ranger.
    He’ll be fine, he comes from money.

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  • Cypher

    Uh why is everyone talking like they’re just remake Blade Runner with the same characters? I’d rather see a sequel. What happens to replicants now that the architect for their minds is dead. What happens in that vaccum? Does another corporation come forward and propose its own line of replicants? How are they better? What if they’re reckless and don’t build in 4yr death switch? Allow mayhem to ensue… :) (squads of Blade Runners running around the city trying to take down hundreds of rogue replicants? Ooo)

    • PatLang

      I think we’re doing the name-dropping for the different type of characters that could be in a new Blade Runner, I don’t think we want a remake, cause that would be too much. But I love all of the different names coming up and I hope some of them could actually take a part in it because it would be amazing. I think us fans are trying to come up with a cast that will match Prometheus in sheer excellence. :)

  • James Reagan

    They should adopt the current Bourne franchise approach by making a stand-alone, spin-off film from Blade Runner (1982) which expands the universe of the original film and follows a new (human) hero protagonist. Perhaps it will pave the way for Harrison Ford to return as Rick Deckard down the road. They should make the meaning of life one of the film’s themes again and hopefully Vangelis will return to do the soundtrack.

  • pierre-andre sirard

    Prometheus (Alien) without the music of Jerry Goldsmith
    and Blade Runner without the music of Vangelis…uhmmmm I would not lie about your chances of success mr. Scott but…you have my sympathy
    ;)

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  • McFly

    Anyone ever heard of Bubblegum Crisis? It was an old Japanese animated miniseries set in the blade runner universe. A company called Genom replaced the Tyrell corp as the leading manufacturer of artificial humans. There’s a special police force called the AD police for replicant (now called boomers) crime. Even a punk rocker girl named Priss who leads a band called “the replicants”.

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