August 19, 2011

Ridley Scott To Direct New 'Blade Runner'

I just saw this article on and I almost shit my pants!

I'm not sure what to think of it, I knew that Blade Runner would get a sequel, prequel, reboot, or redo eventually, it's Hollywood's nature lately to dig up old classics and bastardize them into a new modern versions. But this is a new story set in the Blade Runner universe, and directed by the original man himself! It's unfortunate that the original Cinematographer has passed away, but there are many very capable directors of photography that I can think of that could emulate the distinctive style of this film, Jeff Cronenweth or Bruno Delbonnel are my first picks.

Another thing to consider; Ridley Scott is a very different filmmaker now compared to 30 years ago, and this is what worries me the most, his last few films haven't been the most captivating movies. Look at how other great filmmakers like Spielberg, Lucas, Howard, Coppola and Cameron, have all changed and evolved over the years, and how some them have lost the spark, creativity, and distinctive style that made them famous in the first place.

Ridley's most recent films of the past decade are OK movies, but they don't have the same visual impact and engaging editing/pacing style that Alien and Blade Runner had.

I guess we'll have to wait and see, I'll be posting updates about the production on this blog whenever I find more info. This is my all time favorite film, and now that a sequel is in the works I'll be following the latest news very closely. Perhaps I'll feel less pessimistic over this news after I've seen how Ridley's handled the new Alien movie Prometheus. Fingers crossed!

Anyone that is a long-time visitor of this site knows that I'm a die-hard fan.
Here's some of the stuff I've posted in the past:
Production Storyboards and Photos from the set of Blade Runner
The Cinematography of Blade Runner 
Blade Runner Designer Syd Mead
Chess Game From Blade Runner
Sean Young's Polaroids from the set of Blade Runner

Below is the article by MIKE FLEMING

EXCLUSIVE: After revisiting his classic Alien with the upcoming 3D Fox film Prometheus, Ridley Scott is committing to direct and produce a film that advances his other seminal and groundbreaking science fiction film from the past. Scott has signed on to direct and produce a new installment of Blade Runner. He’ll make the film with Alcon Entertainment, producing with Alcon partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. This would be the most high profile project for Alcon since The Blind Side. They got control of the franchise earlier this year, but it's a whole different ballgame with Scott at the helm.

I’m not getting a clear sense at this point whether Scott intends to do a sequel or a prequel to the 1982 film that was loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Also unclear is whether they start fresh or reach out to Harrison Ford. The original took place in dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, in which organic superhuman robots called replicants escaped and are hiding somewhere on earth.  Ford played Richard Deckard, a burnt out blade runner assigned to hunt them down. His tired life gets altered when he himself falls for one of the replicants and struggles to keep her from being destroyed.

The film was not a blockbuster when first released--it grossed only $32 million in its original run--but the film has gained grand esteem over time. From the bleak but breathtaking visuals to the complex storyline and themes of mortality, Blade Runner became a classic. There has periodically been talks of doing a sequel but those never really went anywhere.  After injecting state of the art 3D in reviving Alien, imagine what Scott can do with Blade Runner? Now, the filmmaker is ready to engage. 

Alcon has its output deal with Warner Bros, which remastered and released a 25th anniversary version on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2007. Warner Bros made the original film. This is just the first step, and the project will have to be written and it will likely evolve during that process. That's what happened on Alien, which began as a prequel to his 1979 classic. That changed when Lost's Damon Lindelof came in with a different take on the subject matter that imprinted on Ridley Scott and Fox executives. They wound up making Prometheus, which Fox considers an original but which I've heard is a cousin to the original Alien franchise. That film will be released June 8, 2012, with Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce starring.

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