It’s beenrumored for quite some time now that Ridley Scott was keen to revisit his 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner” in some capacity, whether that be a prequel or a sequel. While this is may still be shourded in mystery, Scott has sparked fresh excitement with the official announcement that he will indeed begin commencement on a new “Blade Runner” film.
Remakes seem to be a big thing at the moment with so many different films being rebooted. But this is surely a rare occurrence in this instance with Scott, the director of the original, coming back to reboot a movie that is considered by so many as a master piece. Especially when that masterpiece is being re-done almost thirty years later! It can be fair to say that while the original was a great film, you cant help but think the advancement of technology and special effects can only help this film visually, if not for anything else. All we can tell you at this stage is that Scott has committed to direct and produce the film, with Warner Bros. expected to distribute. All we can do now is wait and speculate about any more details.
Personally, I’m excited for the film for a few different reasons. Many of the remakes that have come out recently have just not reached the standard of the original and I end up scratching my head as to why it was even re-done in the first place. But I feel like Scott couldn’t possibly commit to this if he didn’t have an idea in mind. The guy has had thirty years to think of so many different ways he can make this movie better and like I said, the advancement of technology in cinema will only help his cause. Lets just hope he doesn’t abuse that technology and finds that balance between story and special effects, like he did so well in the original. So what do you think about this latest news? Do you think Scott was right to commit to re doing such a classic movie? And who do you think could replace someone of Harrison Ford’s calibre as the lead? Let us know all your thoughts right here!
In a recent addition to the above story, The LA Times’ 24 Frames spoke with Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosove who managed to shed a little more light on the project. Here’s what he had to say:
“The Alcon people simply wanted to see if Ridley would sit down with them. The filmmaker agreed, and shortly after the rights deal closed in March, Kosove and his partner Broderick Johnson flew to London to meet with the director. Over the course of one meeting, they hashed out how a new film would look, how it could avoid seeming too similar to the many movies that have since paid homage to the original, and how different the new film should be from the original itself. They eventually decided it should stand as separately as possible.”
“Everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh,” said Kosgove. “I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that’s wholly original from the first ‘Blade Runner.’”
And when asked whether we can expect Harrison Ford’s ‘Rick Deckard’ to return, Kosove answered:
“In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott… but if you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting.”
Source: Los Angeles Times, Deadline