Ridley Scott to make another Bladerunner movie

Ridley Scott is returning to his roots, revisiting his definitive — and beloved — cyberpunk film “Blade Runner,” for Alcon Entertainment, TheWrap has confirmed.

Filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the movie will be a prequel or a sequel to the original movie, according a statement by Alcon, who secured the rights to “Blade Runner” for prequels, sequels and other projects last March.

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Awesome! I hope they get Vangelis.

If this involves a 70-something Deckard teaming with a young go-getting new detective (hey, is he a replicant or isn't he?) played by Shia LaBeouf, then I'll pass.

+1: We don't need Indiana Jones 4.

Then again, who does?

Perfect man:) One of my all time favorite movies. Got to have Vangelis though.

Bravo!!

Hope they keep it CGI free - the original Blade Runner is a great example of how, even on a moderate budget, real sets create a better atmosphere than graphics.

At some level, we can still tell that those CGI shadows aren't real.

Original Blade Runner didn't have CGI, but frankly the special effects had their share of problems (and were inferior to modern digital effects). If you ever get the chance, take at look at a copy of the original Blade Runner, before all manner of digital re-mastering was done to it in the various "editions" released over the years. Even with the use of dark colors and settings, things like matte lines around the air-cars are noticeable.

I also notice now that Blade Runner's budget was pretty high for its day - I forgot what a bust it was originally for the studio. Still hope they go lightly on the CGI.

You've got to love an economist who notes a new Ridley Scott film. With Tony Scott, two of my favorite directors.

+1. Those two have some good genes for movie making.

There's also apparently a new Bridget Jones movie coming (with Renee Zellweger), and a new Austin Powers movie (with Mike Myers).

These Hollywood types just can't resist the easy paycheck (who among us can?).

As one who loves Blade Runner, I will pass on the sequel. Some are organically made and conceived and real good films (Godfather II) and some are blatant, mistimed, awkward cash ins (Godfather III, Blade Runner II, etc). The list of the latter is far longer.

That sounds fun.

What does "organically made" mean? Granted, '80s reboots/sequels haven't inspired too much confidence. Though, at least in the superhero genre, there's several sequels superior to the first film (Spiderman II, The Dark Knight, one could make the case for Superman II), may as well add to that The Empire Strikes Back. What about the Bond franchise?

In any event, I'm more optimistic. If they go with Harrison Ford, it could be pretty interesting, and if not, they may explore some aspects of replicants that weren't previously touched upon. Naturally there's going to be a backlash simply because it has the Blade Runner name, but I think it's just because of the name. Where was all the hate when Scott decided to revisit Aliens with Prometheus?

Blade Runner is a good illustration of the Coase theorem : if only the replicants could negotiate with Tyrell to reach a deal to extend their lifespans, but the lack of a market in replicant technology (Tyrell Corp is a monopoly) impedes this outcome

I suspect that by "organically made" Nat meant, at least in part, self contained or complete. If so, I agree. I'm especially suspicious of this project given that it appears they don't even have a story yet. Sounds much more like cashing in than continuing a story.

I hope the new one keeps the Edward James Olmos character.

That's strange news. What would it be about? And would Ford be in it?

I have no doubt that you could set other stories in that particular setting, although the dates would seem weird (2019 is only 8 years off, and we're not even close to anti-gravity cars, mass-produced androids, and off-world colonies). Soldier (a neglected film) has done it. I'm not sure what they would be about, though.

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Never lose hope, my friend.

This will turn out marginally better than the craptastic new Star Wars films.

They weren't made for us, my 3 yo loves them.

Although I did ask him what his favorite was and he said Episode 5. Smart kid, dumb Lucas.

God, I'm terrified of letting my daughter watch Episode I, she'd probably love Jar Jar and i'd have to disown her.

By coincidence, recently viewed both Blade Runner (1982) and Brazil (1985) in DVD formats. In terms of actual prescience, judging only from the distance of August 2011, I would unfailingly vote Brazil the clear winner, its themes more frightening by virtue of their renewed topicality or continuing relevance (this was my first viewing since 11 Sep 2001). BR looks now to've been conceived and executed as only attitudinal anticipation of the year 1984 and overwrought distress with the Reagan era, as Southern California shows no sign still of harboring monsoon rains or flying police cars, off-world settlement or charming androids. (Brazil's one-seaters, by comparison, may yet hold predictive power, too, if Obama's 54 MPG fantasy is to be realized within fifteen years.)

The book Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (aka Blade Runner) was published in 1968.

Si oui, and thanks for the reminder. The temporal emergence of SF and transitions from page to film continue to fascinate. (Took over a decade for "Cowboys and Aliens" to materialize on movie screens after its graphic novel debut, "Clockwork Orange" took most of a decade after Burgess's novel appeared, don't recall the lag between the Clarke and Kubrick versions of "2001"; by comparison, it took more than five decades for "War of the Worlds" to make the leap.) Did PKD write what will be the basis for the new film, would you know, or was there ample material in the novel to build upon?

The movie and book versions of 2001 were done simultaneously. I believe Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick wrote the script together, and Clarke fleshed it out into novel form at the same time.

"2001" was inspired by a short story called "The Sentinel" by Clarke that was first published in 1951. Kubrick and Clarke collaborated on the screenplay, and Clarke published a novelization of the script shortly after a release of the film. The novel "2001" is actually partly an amalgamation of several Clarke stories.

Not to mention Scott's prognostication of LA as Han Chinese doing genetic engineering on the sidewalk. Meso-Americans really are invisible to the elite. They just think of these small, quaint people who clean their houses and spread pine straw in their yards. When it comes to long term social trends and time horizons, Meso-Americans just ... disappear.

So the new movie will take place before or after the first one?
Awesome scoop!

I think this movie is to be cool, and I personally guess the sequal would be more potential and genius.

In Bladerunner 2 we find the Androids were in reality immortal interstellar commandos banished from another dimension and the source of their power are small life forms called midi-origamians.

Long ago I saw Bladerunner at an office party just before the Christmas closure. All I remember about it is a refreshing absence of angels, reindeer, snow scenes etc. Or if there were any, the beer goggles censored them from my notice.

That whole gravity thing is a tough nut to crack. However, if we made roads into electrical transmission lines with built in electromagnetism and the exhaust from external combustion goes through a hot-air balloon...that would be a different movie.

It would be nice if Scott actually reads the book on which the first movie was based before he makes this second movie.

Will the great David Peoples be writing the script?

Chances are, you missed the many made-for-TV sequels to Bladerunner. Showtime produced them as the series Total Recall, drawing from all of Dick’s works and themes. For perspective, get Four Novels of the 1960s and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (the original Recall story). For adaptations of Dick’s works (there are many) read Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film, which has extensive coverage of the TV series.

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