Ridley Scott directing Blade Runner follow up

Blade2This is amazing news. According to Deadline, Ridley Scott is set to direct "another installment" of Blade Runner after he finishes working on his latest science fiction Alien inspired film Prometheus. Scott is directing and producing the film with the help of Alcon Entertainment. Sounds like early days though. This is the "first step" of development according to Deadline.

When the director of such iconic science fiction movie classics as Alien and Blade Runner (not to mention all the other fantastic non-science fiction works) decides to take on his ultimate science fiction classic once more, it's definitely time to sit up and take notice.

It's unclear whether this will be a sequel, prequel or simply a film set in the same Blade Runner universe, but it has Ridley Scott at the helm, so expect the unexpected.

According to Variety, Andrew Kosove, one of the producers involved, said "There's really no one else who could do this as well".

Kosove said they first met with Scott on the London set of Prometheus and were hoping to be in production in 18 months. They're discussing hiring a writer and formulating strategy as to whether they do a prequel or sequel.

Blade Runner was filmed over 29 years ago now in 1982, with Scott's Alien appearing three years before that. Imagine the special effects we're likely to see this time round? I doubt though that we'll see Harrison Ford back as an older Blade Runner (but I guess anything is possible).

We'll keep you updated on any news as it comes to hand. Remember though, we're still waiting for Scott's version of a Brave New World and then there's the mini-series of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle he was creating with the BBC. He has his work cut out for him if all these adaptations and projects come to pass.

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