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Blade Runner producer says a new film won't appear till at least 2014, Harrison Ford not expected to return

Aug. 19, 2011by: George Merchan
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The big, out-of-nowhere news yesterday was that filmmaker Ridley Scott would officially be returning to the classic and hugely influential sci-fi world of BLADE RUNNER to direct a brand new film. That's pretty much all we knew.

The LA Times' 24 Frames, however, got a chance to speak with Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosove, giving a little background as to how Scott landed the job as well as what to generally expect from the project:

"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 thats wholly original from the first 'Blade Runner.'"

Which sounds very much like Scott's approach to his upcoming PROMETHEUS.

Right now, though, the search is on for writers, which could take anywhere from weeks to months. But when could we conceivably expect to see this new film in theaters? The earliest the movie could begin shooting is "early" 2013. The producer says that it would likely take at least 18 months to secure a writer, get a script in working order under Scott's supervision, cast, and then begin production. So essentially, the soonest we could see the film would be sometime in 2014.

Meanwhile, when asked about Harrison Ford's 'Rick Deckard' and if he would have a place in this project all, Kosgove stated:

"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."
Extra Tidbit: Reactions yesterday here to this new BLADE RUNNER were mixed. If a new film, though, was genuinely approached in the same manner as PROMETHEUS, would those of you on the fence be more open to the idea?

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5:25PM on 08/19/2011
A bladerunner film dosent necessarily have to be a prequel or sequel. I think a completely new story with all new characters is completely possible. Im surprised they havent done it sooner and I welcome the different take on the whole thing.
A bladerunner film dosent necessarily have to be a prequel or sequel. I think a completely new story with all new characters is completely possible. Im surprised they havent done it sooner and I welcome the different take on the whole thing.
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4:22PM on 08/19/2011
I like Ridley but he kind of left a bad taste in my mouth with his awful Robin Hood movie. Deciding to cut all the good stuff from the script just makes me wonder about him anymore.
I like Ridley but he kind of left a bad taste in my mouth with his awful Robin Hood movie. Deciding to cut all the good stuff from the script just makes me wonder about him anymore.
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3:26PM on 08/19/2011
well is this a prequel, a sequel, or a remake? I'd rather see a prequel or a sequel. Bummer that it looks like Ford won't have anything to do with it. at least give him a voiceover or something!
well is this a prequel, a sequel, or a remake? I'd rather see a prequel or a sequel. Bummer that it looks like Ford won't have anything to do with it. at least give him a voiceover or something!
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12:45PM on 08/19/2011
So Ridley Scott is remaking Paul Anderson's SOLDIER ?
Because THERE you have another SciFi movie officially set in the BLADE RUNNER Universe (and an underrated one !)...
So Ridley Scott is remaking Paul Anderson's SOLDIER ?
Because THERE you have another SciFi movie officially set in the BLADE RUNNER Universe (and an underrated one !)...
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9:44AM on 08/19/2011
He's so lucky they let girders hang out there like that in the future.
He's so lucky they let girders hang out there like that in the future.
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8:01AM on 08/19/2011
If they can find something interesting to say about the future scenario Blade Runner was based in, then it sounds cool, especially with Ridley Scott involved. Lots of ways it could still go wrong, but I'm definitely interested.
If they can find something interesting to say about the future scenario Blade Runner was based in, then it sounds cool, especially with Ridley Scott involved. Lots of ways it could still go wrong, but I'm definitely interested.
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7:20AM on 08/19/2011
I still don't think this is necessary.
I still don't think this is necessary.
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7:18AM on 08/19/2011
Makes sense with Ford not returning. If they did bring him back, they would have to address him either being a replicant or not, and that would really ruin the ambiguity of the original's ending. Prometheus looks good so far and has such an amazing cast, so this could work if Scott is taking the same approach.
Makes sense with Ford not returning. If they did bring him back, they would have to address him either being a replicant or not, and that would really ruin the ambiguity of the original's ending. Prometheus looks good so far and has such an amazing cast, so this could work if Scott is taking the same approach.
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6:16AM on 08/19/2011
Hmmm... If it is just a cool story in the Blade Runner Universe I wouldn't complain. If it's a remake (what I doubt) I wouldn't like it.

But still... it's Ridley Scott. :)
Hmmm... If it is just a cool story in the Blade Runner Universe I wouldn't complain. If it's a remake (what I doubt) I wouldn't like it.

But still... it's Ridley Scott. :)
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