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Ridley Scott Talks New Blade Runner Pic
'It's liable to be a sequel'

06 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Wall St Journal

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Ridley Scott Talks New Blade Runner Pic

Back in August, we brought word of the surprise announcement that Ridley Scott would actually be the man to develop and direct Alcon Entertainment’s new take on the Blade Runner universe. Few details were available then, but now Scott has talked to the Wall Street Journal about the film, admitting what most of us have already figured, that it’s “liable to be a sequel.”

Though everything remains mostly up in the air, from the tone of Scott’s comments, he’s actually further along with the project than you might realise. “I think I’m close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver,” Scott says. “We’re quite a long way in, actually.”

We’ll still have to wait and see what the final shape of the film is, though according to the director, you shouldn’t expect to see any of the old faces back on screen – when asked if Harrison Ford’s Deckard might return, he simply replied, “No, not really.”

He was also forthcoming about why he thinks audiences had issues with the original, something he ascribes to different expectations. “Even though people think it’s a cool Philip Marlowe film with Deckard played by Harrison Ford, the film is very much about humanity.”

Bet he realises there are considerable expectations for the new film, too…


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RE: yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
I have no problem with a Spidey reboot after 3. It sucked so bad through being overcrowded with storylines and the decision to undermine the reason Parker became Spider-Man by rewriting the origin history re the death of Uncle Ben, that it really had nowhere to go but back to the start. The 3D is a bigger minus for me, but since I'll be seeing it in 2D, 3D is irrelevant to me. I wont be seeing Prometheus in 3D either Ridley, bring it on! In 2D. More

Posted by jobloffski at 09:31 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
I know that movie execs just hitch their star to an existing name for a cheap win. I appreciate that this has been happening for years and I know this won't change but whatever your view you have to agree that it's been getting increasingly ridiculous over the last few years. Hollywood seems more soulless then ever before. The worst offender in recent history in my opinion being the reboot of the Spider man series so soon after the last lot. I read the Sony execs reasoning behind doing it in Em More

Posted by jodybriggs at 22:56 on 13 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
Hollywood, from day one has looked backwards for ideas, to create the highest potential to maximise earnings, because to go with what is already known is less of a financial risk. Adapting novels and plays, remaking silent films into talkies, spurious remakes in order to retain the rights to a 'property', etc it's d. The amount of money made on the big hits makes it possible for risks to be taken on new ideas, which are always an unknown quantity in the minds of the people who have to sup More

Posted by jobloffski at 13:27 on 10 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
L: jodybriggs I don't know about everyone else, but I don't think Blade runner left anything to be said in a sequel. Sure It was an ambiguous ending, Deckard didn't change the world or anything stupid like that, but it wasn't opened ended either. What seems to be happening with this type of thing is the sequel comes out on the back of a classic, ends up being crap, and then recedes into nothing more then a footnote in the history of the original, and god knows Blade Runner has a pretty More

Posted by silent_tea at 12:26 on 10 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Sequel idea
Warner Brothers involvement in a sequel bodes very well. Look at what they've allowed Nolan to do in Batman films. Dark isn't the box office poison it was 30 years ago, and if anything, tortured heroes are 'money' right now. Even kids who grew up reading (much more than watching) Harry Potter have their 'hero increasingly put through the wringer, beaten, battered, bruised and mentally tortured for his whole life, wracked with self doubt and desperately wanting to be anyone but himself, to have More

Posted by jobloffski at 00:36 on 09 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Sequel idea
What's the worst that can happen? A shit movie? Big whup. If it turns out to be awesome, that'll be...well...awesome. There's really nothing to lose. More

Posted by max314 at 23:38 on 08 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sequel idea
I thought a cool idea for a sequel would be that Rachel has the ability to give birth (she was the newest replicant with all the latest updates), and she produces a son, the big problem being he has no soul, and it turns out he's rather an unpleasant chap, a Bladerunner posse is formed to hunt him down before he destroys the human race! You can have that for free Mr Scott. More

Posted by swhib at 13:19 on 08 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
L: jodybriggs I don't know about everyone else, but I don't think Blade runner left anything to be said in a sequel. Sure It was an ambiguous ending, Deckard didn't change the world or anything stupid like that, but it wasn't opened ended either. What seems to be happening with this type of thing is the sequel comes out on the back of a classic, ends up being crap, and then recedes into nothing more then a footnote in the history of the original, and god knows Blade Runner has a pretty More

Posted by NCC1701A at 09:55 on 08 November 2011 | Report This Post

Yawn...
Ridley seriously needs to retire or just stick to producing if he's just gonna keep rehashing his old stuff...leave those alone and give us something fresh... More

Posted by ronniem at 09:23 on 08 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
L: jodybriggs Next summer, gone with the wind 2: Rhett's revenge! one With The Wind already has a sequel.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_%28novel%29 More

Posted by emogeek at 20:58 on 07 November 2011 | Report This Post

yet another throw away sequel on the back of a classic name.
I don't know about everyone else, but I don't think Blade runner left anything to be said in a sequel. Sure It was an ambiguous ending, Deckard didn't change the world or anything stupid like that, but it wasn't opened ended either. What seems to be happening with this type of thing is the sequel comes out on the back of a classic, ends up being crap, and then recedes into nothing more then a footnote in the history of the original, and god knows Blade Runner has a pretty full history as it is. More

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