Ridley Scott will direct a follow-up to his seminal 1982 movie “Blade Runner” — and presumably this time he’ll get to make the movie he wants.
Production company Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the rights to “Blade Runner” in March, announced Thursday (Aug. 18) that Scott has signed on to direct a new film based on the world he and screenwriters Hampton Fancher and David Peoples created (the movie was loosely based on Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”). Whether it’s a prequel or a sequel, no one is saying.
“It would be a gross understatement to say that we are elated Ridley Scott will shepherd this iconic story into a new, exciting direction,” Alcon co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove say in a statement. “We are huge fans of Ridley’s and of the original ‘Blade Runner.’ This is once in a lifetime project for us.”
Numerous different versions of “Blade Runner,” which starred Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Rutger Hauer, have made their way to audiences in the past 29 years. After initial test screenings were negative, Warner Bros. asked for a happy ending to be tacked on to the initial theatrical release. A “Director’s Cut” in the early ’90s made several changes, and Scott had full control over the “Final Cut” released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2007.
“Blade Runner” didn’t do especially well on its initial release in theaters, but it’s revered among sci-fi fans and has influenced the style of countless movies that have followed.
In March, Alcon and producer Bud Yorkin said they would team up to produce a follow-up movie; Alcon also has the rights to TV and interactive properties related to the movie.