Bladerunner Series Prequel/Sequel Coming


It was 1982 when Blade Runner first graced the big screen. It wasn’t a hit, and the released product was noticeably shabby round the edges, but it soon gained underground notoriety that has helped the movie stand the test of time. It’s one of my all time top ten movies. It caught me at the peak of my movie-viewing teenage years.

Blade Runner is now either being remade, or having a sequel or prequel made, by the original director Ridley Scott. Screenrant:

The short of it: [they] knew they needed Scott (or someone of similar stature) to sign on, in order to overcome the rampant cynicism – and protests decrying Hollywood’s lack of originality – that greeted their announced plans to develop additional Blade Runner films.

Work has already started apparently although release is not expected until at least 2013. There is of course speculation about whether Harrison Ford will be in it. BBC:

Although no hint has been given about casting yet, [they] said it was unlikely Ford would return in his role as Rick Deckard.

“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.”

Ridley Scott seems to want to capitalise on his previous successes. His next release is Prometheus, a prequel to Alien, that features a story line about how humanity ended up the wat it did in the original movie.

We’re only 7 years off the date of the original dystopian vision that Ridley Scott realised of Philip K Dick’s Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep, and if you ask me we’re not far off replicants and flying police cars. Not so dystopian after all.

Producer Steven Kosove leaves an important comment for die hard fans like me. LA Times:

We want people to know that we’re very serious about doing this in an artistic way. This isn’t just commercial fodder.

Fingers crossed. I can’t wait.

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