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According to Deadline, Ridley Scott, the man who gave us “Alien” and “Blade Runner”, is officially committed to producing and directing a new installment of his seminal sci-fi film “Blade Runner”. If you’ve never seen Scott’s “Blade Runner” (first of all, boo to you!), just recall all the sci-fi films set in a bleak future you’ve seen over the last 30 years — yup, 90% of those visuals were “borrowed” from Scott’s movie.
No word yet if the new “Blade Runner” will be a prequel or a direct sequel to the 1982 movie starring Harrison Ford, but Scott, who recently returned to the world of “Alien” (via “Prometheus”) will be teaming up with Alcon Entertainment for the enterprise.
The original was based on a novel by notable sci-fi author Philip K. Dick called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, and starred Ford as a cop chasing outlaw replicants (cloned humans used as slave labor off-world) running wild in a futuristic Los Angeles. His mission: eliminate them. Along the way, our hero discovers a thing or two about himself. Or does he?
This is great news for fans of “Blade Runner”, especially in light of earlier news that had the film being on the remake chopping block. Ugh. Glad we avoided that. Am I right, kids?