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Blade Runner Sequel is a Go – but No Harrison Ford in sight May 18, 2012

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Apparently Ridley Scott is have a resurrection of sorts.

Next month we get the Alien Prequel Promtheus and now in a year — or two, we’re getting a Blade Runner sequel.

Is this a world with replicants gone mad? a world with replicant rights? or will we just see a replication defecate on the tomb of Dekker?

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Read the press release below:

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 17, 2012—Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.

The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick‘s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.

Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his “Blade Runner” success with the screenplays, “The Mighty Quinn” (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.

Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

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.

blade-runner-2-sequel-posterState Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”

Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by 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.

Alien Prequel Prometheus Trailer is Pure Awesome May 1, 2012

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Blade Runner Prequel – Purefold set for web debut this summer June 8, 2009

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I don’t know what the deal is with prequels..but it looks like we’re going to get a Blade Runner prequel of sorts.

Why I say of sorts – is because Purefold – a new effort by Ridley and Tony Scott – will be set in the same ‘universe’ as Blade Runner – just a few years prior.

Purefold will be made up of a bunch of short (5-10 minutes) webisodes all revolving around the central theme of what it is to be human.

The really neat part is that the content of the short movies is all open – under a creative commons license – so anyone can mash it up and make something else with it.

The Scott’s are also soliciting contributions though FriendFeed– though i don’t understand how that works, it looks like a total mess to me now.

Andromeda Strain Remake Gets the Blade Runner Treatment April 16, 2008

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Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain is coming back..this time as a TV mini-series on Memorial Day.

this time around it’s being produced by Blade Runner’s Ridley Scott and his son Tony..so you can be it’ll be darker than the original 1971 classic.

The original is a classic but check out the the original trailer to remind yourself of just how bad effects were 37 years ago.

Blade Runner Returns for Final Cut December 18, 2007

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Today is the day. Finally the Final Cut of Blade Runner is out!!

Depending on your level of interest there are a number of different collections that are out now..there is aBlade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
, Blade Runner (Four-Disc Collector’s Edition)and then there is the Blade Runner – The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) itself which you can get in a simple two disc collection.

Considering how many versions  on VHS and DVD I’ve already owned..the only purchase I’m making is for the Final Cut.

Even though Blade Runner is 25 years old..the Final Cut is a renewed version. Not just simple things like the odd special effects tweak, but actual new footage too -director Ridley Scott has actually redone the awesome scene with ZHORA where Decker (Harrison Ford) shoots her and she goes crashing through all the retail windows.

In the two disc Final Cut version the second disc is a 3.5 hour documentary called Dangerous Days which is all about the making and mythos of Blade Runner.

Blade Runner is one of the rare breed of SciFi classics that actually get better with each release..though of course everyone has their preference if they want the Decker narrated version or not – personally i like the narration but i know that I’m in the minority.

Every SciFi movie made since 1982 has been influenced by Blade Runner and as such this Final Edition should find a home in every SciFi fan’s DVD.