“In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott,” Kosove said. “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.”
However, the folks over at Twitch are claiming to have inside information that Harrison Ford has, in fact, entered early discussions to join the new Blade Runner film. That’s all they have to say; there are no more details, but that news itself is pretty darn exciting. We’ll have more news as soon as it’s announced.
Ridley Scott is currently hard at work on his new movie Prometheus, which revisits the universe of his first Sci-Fi feature film, Alien. Although details of the project are very tight, we do know that the film will star Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. But that’s not the big news…
It seems in the process of making his new film, the director has caught the sci-fi bug again. According to Deadline, Ridley Scott will return to Blade Runner after he finishes Prometheus. It’s not yet known whether the film will be a pre-quel or a sequel, or if Harrison Ford, who played Richard Deckard in the original film, will reprise his role in the new picture. But the news that another Blade Runner is on the way is exciting, eitherway.
Ridley Scott plans to make the new Blade Runner movie with Alcon Entertainment, produce alongside partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. The film is likely to be quite a long way off, as the script for the new Blade Runner still has to be written. But this is nothing but good news for all sci-fi fans out there.
UPDATE – Official Blade Runner Follow Up Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 18, 2011—Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to his own ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” for Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”).
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original.
Alcon and Yorkin recently announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “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.”
Scott is represented by David Wirtschafter at WME and David Nochinson at Ziffren Brittenham.
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others.