Ridley Scott will helm next ‘Blade Runner’ Installment

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For fans of the 1982 cult classic “Blade Runner”, there is good news and bad news.

The good news is that Ridley Scott has been confirmed to reprise his directing role for the upcoming installment.  The British director has received critical acclaim for directing classics like “Thelma & Louise” and “Gladiator.”  While the new “Blade Runner” project will NOT be a remake of the original, there is still no official yet on whether it will be a prequel, sequel, or completely different spinoff.  Alcon Entertainment, a Warner Brothers-based financing and production company, bought the rights to the iconic film in March.

The original film, loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s science fiction thriller “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, stars Harrison Ford as Richard Deckard, a police officer whose mission is to hunt down genetically engineered humans in a 2019 version of Los Angeles, with flying cars, “off-world” colonies, and -oh yea- genetically engineered humans.

The bad news (in addition to the fact that we are but eight years away from this envisioned dystopia) is that Harrison Ford will not likely be reprising his role as the Blade Runner, or any other role in the upcoming film. Producer Andrew Kosove told The Los Angeles Times that he was planning to bring in new faces for the upcoming project.

“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.”

Further bad news: The next installment is not scheduled for release until 2014, but with Scott directing a “Blade Runner” movie with a brand new storyline and new characters, the good news is the upcoming film sounds like it will be well worth the wait.

Scott is currently working on”Prometheus”, an outer-space alien adventure that is based on of his 1979 sci-fi classic, “Alien.”

Images by FoXMuLD3R and _sarchi via Flickr.

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