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New Blade Runner Is A Sequel Without Harrison Ford

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After spending the past few years making movies everyone was sort of ambivalent about, Ridley Scott is in the process of revisiting all the stuff in his career that people actually liked. Right now he’s working on Prometheus, a pseudo-prequel to Alien, and when he’s done with that work starts on another Blade Runner film.

What we haven’t known till now is whether that new Blade Runner will be a remake or another movie set in the same universe. Good news for anyone sick of remakes, Ridley Scott just confirmed to WSJ that it’s a sequel.

Actually what he said is that it’s “liable to be a sequel” which leaves him some wiggle room and indicates this project hasn’t really taken a specific shape yet. This new Blade Runner is still a long, long way off. It’s not likely to show up in theaters any time before the year 2014.

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Ridley Scott Takes On Directing Duties For Upcoming Blade Runner Film

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For a long time, Carl Rinsch sat in the director’s seat on the Alien film Ridley Scott was producing. Eventually, Rinsch left and Scott stepped up to helm the return to the series that he so lovingly created back in 1979. Well, with a Blade Runner update now in the works, Scott, the original film’s director, has taken up captain’s duties here as well to help usher another of his classics into the new millennium.

There’s still no real indication of what kind of film this will be–whether a remake, a sequel, or like the upcoming Alien connected film Prometheus, a prequel–but regardless of how you feel about any of these directions, Ridley Scott directing means that we can rest assured it’s going to be good. Very good. Scott’s track record is unmatched in the science fiction genre, a genre he helped define yet neglected for nigh 30 year.

For now the details are limited just to that it’s a movie set in the Blade Runner universe, and that Scott is back on board. But don’t be surprised if, like Prometheus, the story evolves into something almost completely different. No writers have been attached, though judging by Scott’s experience with Prometheus co-writer and LOST creator Damon Lindelof, don’t be shocked if you see his name attached in the near future.

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