It seems Ridley Scott is looking back to his earlier work with a lot of nostalgia. He is currently working on the upcoming sci-fi movie Prometheus, a prequel of sort to his classic Alien. Now, Deadline reports that Scott has signed up to helm and produce a new installment of his 1982 classic Blade Runner. No script has been written as of yet and Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosgrove predicted that shooting would begin at the earliest in 2013 for a 2014 release. Asked whether or not Harrison Ford would make an appearance, he replied:
“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.”
It’s unclear as of yet whether the new movie will be a sequel or a prequel to the original film that was loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The original took place in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 and starred Harrison Ford as Richard Deckhart, a burnt out expert “blade runner” whose main job is to hunt down organic superhuman robots known as “replicants”. However, when he falls in love with one of them, he must fight to keep her from being destroyed.
Upon release, Blade Runner was received with mixed reviews and poor box office performance but the film has since become a huge cult classic. Scott will partner with Alcon Entertainment to produce the film. He is currently working on Prometheus which is set to be released June 8, 2012, with Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson and Guy Pearce starring.
Are you a fan of Blade Runner? What do you think?