Fans have been waiting patiently for a mere 30 years now for director Ridley Scott to return to the sci-fi genre, and the wait will finally be over with the release of Prometheus this week. As if one Alien-connected return to the genre wasn’t enough, Scott is also developing a sequel to his 1982 classic Blade Runner. We know that the follow-up takes place “some years after the first film” and it was recently announced that the original pic’s writer, Hampton Fancher, has been brought on develop and write the sequel for Scott to direct.
Steve recently sat down with Scott to talk about Prometheus, but the director also shared a ridiculously exciting gift regarding the Blade Runner sequel: he described a full scene. In order to give us an idea of the visual style he’s planning for the follow-up, Scott took the opportunity to map out a scene from the project that could easily serve as the opening to the film. Hit the jump for more.
No matter how much time you get with director Ridley Scott, it’s never enough. After all, you could spend an entire interview discussing the original Alien, Blade Runner, or his under-appreciated gem, Kingdom of Heaven (specifically the director’s cut with forty additional minutes that completely changes the film). So when I got to participate in a roundtable interview with Scott yesterday in London for Prometheus, his first sci-fi movie in thirty years, you could say I was a bit excited.
During the twenty minute interview, Scott talked about how Prometheus came about, it’s relation to the original Alien, the viral marketing, technology, his fascination with robots and artificial intelligence, and so much more. In addition, Scott talked about other projects like Monopoly, the Blade Runner Sequel, what ever happened to Tripoli and what it was about, and reveals that he already has ideas for the Prometheus sequel, assuming he gets to make one. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
In today’s opening paragraph I feel compelled to share this bit of wisdom with all of our readers: don’t ever attempt to renovate a house without ample professional help. Never. Just don’t do it. For the past three weeks I, the least handy person you may never meet, have been tasked with doing things that only Bob Vila and a few select others could be reasonably prepared for. It’s an all-consuming, seemingly neverending process that leaves you as the only movie blogger in the history of the civilized world who hasn’t yet seen The Avengers. Trust me, it’s a lonely place…
All warnings aside, in store for you in this week’s Top 5 is the first poster for the Anchorman sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, pleasant news regarding the Blade Runner sequel, interviews with Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick and more for the rom-com What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the first trailer for producer Sam Raimi‘s The Possession, and a 4-minute “super preview” of The Amazing Spider-Man. Per usual, a brief recap and link to each falls after the jump.
All eyes are on Ridley Scott’s pseudo Alien follow-up Prometheus this summer, but the director is also working on revisiting another one of his sci-fi classics. Last August it was announced that Scott would be directing a new Blade Runner movie. He’s been developing the film—now confirmed to be a sequel—while putting the finishing touches on Prometheus, and now it’s been announced that Scott is bringing an old friend into the fray. Hampton Fancher, who wrote the original Blade Runner, is in talks to develop and write a sequel to their groundbreaking 1982 film. Hit the jump for more.
A couple days ago, Alcon Entertainment debunked the rumor that Harrison Ford might return for Ridley Scott’s sequel to Blade Runner. Entertainment Weekly, not content to trust the people who are financing the movie, spoke to Scott to double-check that Ford wasn’t really in it. Guess what: Ford isn’t in it. Scott explains that they don’t even have a script, so he doesn’t know if there’s even a place for replicant detective Rick Deckard. But Scott, exercising common sense, wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trying to bring Ford back if that’s what the script calls for.
The Blade Runner sequel is ways off, folks. If you’re eager for a Ridley Scott sci-fi return, look forward to Prometheus.
Contrary to previous reports that Harrison Ford was in talks to possibly reprise his role (in cameo form or something else) in Ridley Scott’s new Blade Runner movie, we’re now hearing definitive reports from producer/financier Alcon Entertainment that this is untrue. Andrew Kosove, speaking on behalf of himself and his Alcon Entertainment partner Broderick Johnson, said they wanted to put a stop to the rumor of Ford’s return to the film. While it’s still a go that Scott will return to direct, this new denial falls into line with previous reports and comments from Ford himself. Hit the jump for more.
Alcon Entertainment announced development on a new Blade Runner movie last year to much dismay. However, the fan base was drawn back in with the follow-up announcement that Ridley Scott will return to direct. Up until now, it sounded as if there was no chance Harrison Ford would reprise his starring role in what Scott says is “liable to be a sequel.” Alcon president Andrew Kosgrove stated, “If you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no.” Ford spoke about the project from a distance: “I wouldn’t feel bad if I were not invited to the party.” Scott said the movie will not follow the original characters, including Ford’s Deckard. Can’t be much clearer than that. And yet…
Twitch hears Ford has entered into early talks to join the sequel. They offer no further details, so it’s possible the semantics allow for him to cameo or play a different character. But this diverges greatly from the company line, especially if he will reprise the role of Deckard. More after the jump.
Back in August, we reported the surprising news that director Ridley Scott would be returning to the world of his 1982 film Blade Runner although we didn’t know if the new movie would be a sequel, prequel, or a spin-off. There was also the question of where the movie would fall into Scott’s massive line-up of potential projects. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal [via Badass Digest], Scott offered some brief updates on the project. He says the new Blade Runner will be his next film and it “is liable to be a sequel,” but that it will feature none of the original cast or even the character of Deckard. However, he also says “we’re quite a long way in, actually,” even though he’s still in the process of finding a writer “that might be able to help me deliver.” To me that sounds like he’s mapped out an outline and certain beats he wants to hit, but he’s looking for someone to help fill in the gaps.
Hit the jump for a rundown of what we know so far about the project, including a timetable for how soon it would hit theaters.