Ridley Scott Onboard ‘Blade Runner’ Redux

bladerunner_2According to Deadline,  Ridley Scott, currently filming the ALIEN “prequel” (or is it?) PROMETHEUS, has agreed to produce and direct a BLADE RUNNER film with Alcon Entertainment.

 Alcon’s  Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, who acquired the film rights earlier this year. It’s unclear if the film will be a prequel or sequel to  the property, based on Philip K. Dick’s  1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Scott helmed the original 1982 BLADE RUNNER, set in a dystopian version of 2019. It had many differences from the source text;  Scott’s vision was of a steamy, overpopulated LA, Dick’s a greatly de-populated, radioactive dust-laden San Fransisco.  

Though starring Harrison Ford (still with the STAR WARS buzz, but before gaining major star status ), and sporting an richly detailed visual mise-en-scène, the film was not a big success in theaters.

In later years, on re-examination through TV and video veiwings, it began to grow in status. A Director’s Cut and a later 25th Anniversary DVD re-master overssen by Ridley Scott led to BLADE RUNNER’s reappraisal as significant science fiction thriller with a distinctive retro-future Film Noir style.

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One Response to “ Ridley Scott Onboard ‘Blade Runner’ Redux ”

  1. As Giles would say, “Good Lord!”

    As George Takei would say, “Oh, my!!”

    “Blade Runner” is one of my favorite films. Don’t mess with it.

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