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Ridley Scott to Direct Second “Blade Runner”

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Director Ridley Scott is going to the well a second time to direct another installment of the popular 1982 cult hit “Blade Runner,” which he directed.  No word has been given about this film being a prequel or sequel.  Scott will begin work on this project as soon as he has wrapped “Prometheus” (The “Alien” prequel film) for 20th Century Fox.

“Blade Runner” was a film developed from the Philip K. Dick short story, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”  It was not a blockbuster when it was released, but over time it has gained a following due to its visuals, storyline, and theme of mortality.  The story takes place in the futuristic dystopian city of Los Angeles with the background influenced by the question, what if Germany and Japan had won the war?  It is now considered a film classic.

The film follows the reluctant and burned out Richard Deckard (Harrison Ford,) a blade runner who finds and eliminates renegade “replicants,” robots who easily pass as humans, but have limited lifespans. Deckard ends up falling in love with the replicant Rachael (Sean Young) and struggles to keep her from being destroyed.

The untitled “Blade Runner” project will be produced by Ridley Scott teaming with Alcon Entertainment producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.  No writer has been attached to the film as of yet, and it is unclear whether Harrison Ford will reprise his role of the retired blade runner Deckard.  Ridley Scott will direct.

“Prometheus” will star Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Patrick Wilson.  Ridley Scott directs this highly anticipated sci-fi/horror epic.  The film is slated for a June 8th, 2012 release.

“Blade Runner” was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, and produced by Warner Bros.  It is based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick.  The film stars Harrision Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, and James Hong.  It was directed by Ridley Scott.

Some fans are in conflict about Scott’s choice to revisit a second film he has directed.  The “Alien” prequel “Prometheus” may fit into the confines of that storyline’s universe, but fans are leary about going back to the world of “Blade Runner”  Some feel he has run out of ideas, and can not come up with original projects anymore.  What do you think about the new “Blade Runner” project?

(Nuke the Fridge wants to know your thoughts!)

Sources:  IMDb, deadline.com