Scott Z. Burns Is Ridley Scott’s Rumored “Top Choice” to Write New BLADE RUNNER Movie [UPDATED]

     September 24, 2011

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Scott Z. Burns has become my favorite new screenwriter, coming off a pair of killer scripts in The Informant! and Contagion.  The success has set him on the path of the blockbuster remake— currently, Burns is reuniting with Steven Soderbergh for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and working on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea script for David Fincher.  A new report suggests Burns will soon be summoned by another high profile director to write for yet another big property: Twitch hears Burns is the top choice of director Ridley Scott—as well as studio backers Alcon and Warner Bros—to write the new Blade Runner movie.

Not much is known about the story or the exact nature of the new Blade Runner.  A recent Alcon press release calls it a “follow up,” but admits, “The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original.”  I’ll wait until we know more before I get too excited.  But if Burns gets involved, I am more interested than I was yesterday.  Read the synopsis for the original 1982 Blade Runner after the jump.

Update: Steve here.  While I’d like this story to be true, I’m hearing it’s not. I don’t have 100% confirmation, but I’m pretty sure. More as we hear it.

Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard’s former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. [Fandango]

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