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Ridley Scott to Revive Blade Runner

Posted August 18, 2011 01:46 PM by Matthew Smith

Warner Bros.Alcon Entertainment announced today that it has partnered with Ridley Scott to produce a follow-up to his 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner. The studio, which has past released The Blind Side and The Book of Eli, will put together a producing team of Scott, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Bud Yorkin (who co-produced the original) and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Tim Gamble and Frank Giustra (CEOs of Thunderbird Films) will executive produce.

The announcement also revealed that Ridley Scott will in fact return to the director's chair for the new installment. The director is currently working on Prometheus, which is loosely based on his Alien franchise. As no script has been completed for a new Blade Runner, it is unclear whether it would serve as his next project.

No release date was revealed but Alcon Entertainment founders Kosove and Johnson offered an official statement: "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."

Warner Bros. has agreed to act as distributor once again. The studio released the original Blade Runner, which starred Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, in June of 1982 to modest box office results. Since then the film has gained a special prominence among critics and science fiction fans alike. Warner Bros. gave the film a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release back in December of 2007.

Ridley Scott's next feature, Prometheus is set to hit theaters next year on June 8th, 2012.


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News comments (42 comments)



ikari777
  Aug 18, 2011
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Sick, hopefully!
690H1
  Aug 18, 2011
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I know I shouldn't be but...I'm actually optomistic about this.

cathexist
  Aug 18, 2011
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I'm not sure how to feel about this...I'm both terribly excited...but cautious I guess.

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BHolst
  Aug 18, 2011
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That makes two of us (at least), cathexist.

This is so much cliché as it can be but Blade Runner is actually my favourite movie ever (it was even the first Blu-Ray I ever watched ).

servocrow
  Aug 18, 2011
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this is crap..doesnt need to be done. BR is a classic ...PLEASE dont mess with it.

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metamorphic
  Aug 18, 2011
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Scott's past few films have been nothing more than mediocre so I'm not really at all optimistic about this.

mjcavinder
  Aug 18, 2011
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ok sounds great...now its time for Amazon to discount Blade Runner 5 disc blu-ray

bboisvert
  Aug 18, 2011
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I'd be happy to be wrong but... I suspect this doesn't end well.

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ddelrymple
  Aug 18, 2011
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I think it's pretty pretty pretty good
Analogkid
  Aug 18, 2011
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I totally see Shia LeBouf playing the role of the Blade Runner! Just like in Indy 4! Sweet idea right??! Right? Hello? Where did everyone go?

Kaminari
  Aug 18, 2011
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"I want to believe." (Famous last words.)

rmainhammer
  Aug 18, 2011
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Hollywood is out of ideas.

planosuperman
  Aug 18, 2011
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rmainhammer is 100% correct. Hollywood = you are completely empty on new ideas, shy of originality, and all movies have been failures because they are all remakes, sequels, or prequels. I predict this will be another sci-fi flop.

ianhaas
  Aug 18, 2011
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With what i see with the photo stills of PROMETHEUS i am looking forward to another BR film. But let's all wait until we see Prometheus to shed any concerns. I'm still really excited though!!!!!!!
Neill K. ran
  Aug 18, 2011
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It would be awesome if Vangelis composes the music for the new Blade Runner movie.
MoulinBlu
  Aug 18, 2011
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"His" Alien franchise???

As great as Scott is at period pieces, it's just as great to see him returning to Sci-fi. I'm psyched!! I only hope this is more of a continuation or a completely unrelated story set in the same future, than a remake of what has come before. But, I have high hopes, and well deserved high expectations, either way. Hope it actually happens, but sounds like it's more rumor-mill worthy at this point. Lots of films hit the planning stage, but never happen, or don't happen for many years after initially teased. If this one doesn't even have an approved script yet, it's not a good idea to hold your breath. I'd guess that at least a third of unofficial announcements like this, never happen.

The Bluray King
  Aug 18, 2011
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if it ant broken do fix it PLEASE for the sake of your own scott dont fix this film its fine the way it is that for sure.

dmarvin
  Aug 18, 2011
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The world needs more films like Inception and the ORIGINAL Blade Runner, not remakes and re-treads and horseshit.

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Tony K.
  Aug 18, 2011
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I'd rather Sir Ridley make a sequel to Robin Hood. King John needs to get his comeuppance. Or maybe he could scrounge some of his money into getting Fox to release an Anniversary Edition of Kingdom of Heaven on BD with the director's cut on 2-discs encoded in AVC and a separate disc(s) (BD or DVDs, doesn't matter) for all the extras from the 4-disc collector's set like WB did for Lord of the Rings.
TheExecutive
  Aug 18, 2011
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I am not sure whether to jump for joy, laugh, cry, or throw up. Just dont know...

ChadFL
  Aug 18, 2011
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Please no Russell Crowe in it.
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Kuros
  Aug 18, 2011
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I'm fully expecting a brand new 30th Anniversary BD release from Warner Bros next year; 2012 will be Blade Runner's 30th Anniversary.

As good as the 25th Anniversary BD release is, there's still room for improvent -- e.g. WB could include lossless audio on the three seamlessly branched versions of Blade Runner (as well as the workprint version); WB could utilise BD-50s to allow more breathing space for new and improved video encodes (for all the different versions of the film), perhaps created from new scans of the original elements; WB could include the extra features they had to drop from the 25th Anniversary release ("because of space limitations"); WB could place the contents of discs 2 and 4 on BD(s), so that they can encode any extras that they produced for the 25th Anniversary BD release in HD, in HD.

Moreover, Europe never actually received the full (five disc) 25th Anniversary release of Blade Runner on BD, a new-improved 30th Anniversary edition of Blade Runner would more than rectify that travesty.

As for the above announcement: \o/
jessegarrett
  Aug 18, 2011
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I'm so %#@*ing excited about this!!! Thank you Ridley for making a wish come true!!!

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Cplhicks
  Aug 18, 2011
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Wow, could be awesome. I'd love to see another movie in this world, though it'd presumably be completely different characters.

hoofhearted
  Aug 18, 2011
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SAWEEET!

Alex DeLarge
  Aug 18, 2011
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Unless PKD wrote a sequel (and he didn't) I'm not interested. BLADE RUNNER is one of my top 5 science fiction films but I have no need to see it dumbed down to make a franchise. I've said for years that some talented director (Duncan Jones possibly?) should go back to the source novel and make a faithful adaptation: it would bear little resemblance to Scott's version.

doctorD
  Aug 18, 2011
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Awesome news!

Gosszilla
  Aug 18, 2011
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An interesting musing at best. Will this sit in development Hell and just simmer for a while? Ridley already has his hands full with this "Prometheus" ( somehow tied into the ALIEN franchise). That project has already had massive re-writes. Initially it was announced as a 3D prequel and involved the Space Jockey's origin. That actually had promise, I'm not so sure now.

BillieCassin
  Aug 18, 2011
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So Ridley really has no original ideas anymore. Not trying to be a basher, but I'm a huge Alien fan (even like the 4th one) but I couldn't be less interested in his new "what happened before" movie, and now Blade Runner? Blade Runner isn't a franchise film, it stands on it's own very well.
topraman517
  Aug 19, 2011
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I'm extremely skeptical, but Ridley Scott seems to be at his best when he does sci-fi, right? Could be a return to form for him. Blade Runner is a sublime masterpiece, and it would be hard to replicate that atmosphere in this day and age. Still, I am hopeful.

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Tech-UK
  Aug 19, 2011
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Whats weird is that, I was thinking about this a few days ago! My answer still stands as please don't. I wouldn't go and see it anyway. Why? Because Blade Runner is my favourite film. I may sound a bit harsh and stuck in my ways, call it what you want, but Blade Runner is a Masterpiece and should be left alone. As many have said, Hollywood is out of ideas, all of these crap, comic book adaptations are really getting to me. Yes, Iron Man, Batman, Watchmen are great films, but to me the comic book to film era is over. This year's releases have been some of the worst films I have seen. Transformers 3, Thor were just utter tripe. I have given up going to see any comic book film. I am wanting to see fresh ideas, Inception hit the mark. Instead I think they are more concerned about the presentation i.e. 3D. They stick that on a film poster and in return get millions. Come on!

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repete66211
  Aug 19, 2011
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I presume it won't be based on any of Dick's material, which makes me a bit lukewarm on this. It's a very rich setting, so there is a lot of potential for a new story. The worst thing they could do is somehow tie it in with the original. If it's a high quality production that doesn't get too cute with making references to the original I'd check it out.
DMRI2006
  Aug 19, 2011
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Why is Warner's logo associated with this story? Warner Bros. actually has nothing to do with this movie's production. Nothing at all...they are merely a distributor for Alcon Entertainment, which has the rights and is making this film, overseeing every aspect of its production. Warners isn't calling the shots other than helping out with the advertising campaign.

CandyStalker
  Aug 19, 2011
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My... how timely. Bad idea, Ridley. Bad idea. This will be yet another instance in which an unnecessary follow-up actually dampens the beauty of the original. (sigh)

Lino11
  Aug 19, 2011
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This could be great! It's had 30 years to resonate, time to revisit this world. (as long as Harrison's on board, of course)

Bobby Henderson
  Aug 19, 2011
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Ugh.

One theory which immediately occurred to me:

Warner Bros. executives call Ridley Scott on the phone. They tell him, "hey, you fish and chips eating Brit! We're gonna do a remake of "Bladerunner." We're gonna do a remake because our greedy, selfish, short-sighted, idiotic share holders want a remake and they want it right the hell now. You can take one of two choices. You can choose to direct the remake yourself (and let our marketing people focus-group the hell out of the process) or you can keep your dignity and refuse to direct it. In which case we'll just hire McG, Brett Ratner or some other gun for hire to pee on your film's legacy while we get our financial gain anyway."

It's just a theory. I could be totally out in left field with that.

papaholmz
  Aug 20, 2011
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Maybe now we'll actually get a Blade Runner worthy of all the praise the first one gets.

Jim Purcell
  Aug 20, 2011
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Going to wait to see how Prometheus turns out before I get excited about this. Robin Hood was a serious stinker, and I had other bad things say about his recent movies here but truth is Kingdom of Heaven was actually pretty solid (Director's Cut anyway) as was Black Hawk Down. Can't comment on Gladiator as I've not seen it yet. But he hasn't done Sci-Fi in a while and Robin Hood sure wasn't very good.

So yeah, somewhat excited? More of the general excitement I get about new high profile Science fiction movies though. There are so many ways this can get screwed up though. So many.
EDIT: Like having Russel Crow in it.

Jim Purcell
  Aug 20, 2011
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Also everyone fretting is aware that this movie probably won't be a direct sequel to Bladerunner? And like Prometheus, is planned to be a new story that happens to be set in a familiar universe. Correct? Because as I understand it, that is the case. Don't expect to see Harrison Ford and friends.
frugal888
  Aug 21, 2011
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All the great novels out there that need finalization and Hollywood keeps rehashing old movies. If so, why not Abbott & Costello redos

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wvl
  Aug 21, 2011
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Nah... the org is good engough for me. The same goes for Conan.

Shakingman
  Aug 22, 2011
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Bring it on! The continuing story...


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