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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.