Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns Clarifies His Involvement with Ridley Scott’s New BLADE RUNNER Film

     January 30, 2013

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When it was first announced that Ridley Scott was heading back into the world of sci-fi with the pseudo-Alien prequel Prometheus, fans were doubly excited about the prospect of Scott dabbling in sci-fi again and the fact that he was returning to one of this classics.  The finished film was a bit of a mixed bag, but Scott didn’t seem to mind all that much and is eager to get moving on a sequelAlien isn’t the only past film that the legendary director is revisiting, though, as he’s also been working on a new Blade Runner movie for the past couple of years.

At one point, it was reported that screenwriter Scott Z. Burns was being eyed to pen Scott’s new Blade Runner film.  This news was quickly debunked, but Steve recently sat down with Burns to discuss his upcoming film Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh, and the scribe clarified his relationship with Blade Runner, saying that he and Scott did indeed have discussions about it.  Hit the jump for more.

scott-z-burns-blade-runnerSteve asked Burns if he could confirm or deny the rumors that he was working on Blade Runner, to which the screenwriter responded:

“I can do both.  I talked to Ridley about it at one point as a part of a larger conversation about us trying to find something to do together because I have such admiration for him.  I’m as huge a fan of that movie as anybody else who would be reading this or watching it, so what I said to him was, ‘Let’s not do that unless we have something amazing to do or to say, because I don’t want to touch that idea unless I really feel like I have something amazing to contribute and right now I don’t know what that is.’”

As late as last summer Scott was still gung-ho about moving forward with a new Blade Runner, and Burns seems to think his discussions with the director about the film aren’t over:

“I think he and I will probably talk again about [Blade Runner], but again it’s less about that specifically and more about he and I wanting to make a science fiction movie together.  So I hope that that happens, to me I’m not particularly attached to it being Blade Runner.  I suspect by the time we would come up with something it would be its own thing and not attached to that franchise necessarily, because it is a franchise, it’s a great piece of work.”

Watch the portion of Steve’s interview where Burns talks about Blade Runner below, and look for the full interview soon.

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