Blade Runner sequel on the cards

Posted Oct 10, 2013 by Tim Sandle
Director Sir Ridley Scott has been in discussion with Harrison Ford about the actor appearing in a sequel to cult sci-fi movie 'Blade Runner'.
Harrison Ford in Blade Runner
Harrison Ford in Blade Runner
Warner Bros.
'Blade Runner' often appears in lists of the top science fiction movies of all time. This is despite the film being lukewarmly received on its original release. The movie benefited, however, from the growing popularity of home video and has since come to be regarded as a 'cult classic'. Arguably much of this rests on director Sir Ridley Scott's vision of the future, based on a noir-ish interpretation of a hyper-reality Hong Kong or L.A.
'Blade Runner' was released in 1982, as a dystopian science fiction thriller film. The movie drew its inspiration, although only a little in the way of plot, from the novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Philip K. Dick. Central to the movie is the question of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human,
Another aspect to the movie are the multiple versions available, including different studio releases and at least two different director's cuts (an entire website is devoted to the different cuts of the movie).
The central star of 'Blade Runner' is Harrison Ford, fresh from playing both Han Solo in two 'Star Wars' films and Indiana Jones in the first of the 'Raiders' movies. Although 'Blade Runner' falls within the same sci-fi genera as 'Star Wars', the roles, together with Ford's acting, could not have been more different. Where 'Star Wars' is light, with a clear good vs. bad distinction, 'Blade Runner' is dark and more complex.
News has now come in the Scott intends to make a new 'Blade Runner' movie and is in discussions with the 71 year-old Harrison Ford. It is unclear whether the new film will be a sequel or a prequel (although it has been clearly stated that it will not be a remake).
Ford is quoted by the BBC as saying: "I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director. I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story."
While details about the story remain under wraps, NME notes that Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green had been hired to work on the script following a first draft by original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher.
Hopefully the new movie will receive better critical acclaim (as well as fan-reaction) to Scott's last revisited movie treasure, when he made a prequel to his 1979 movie 'Alien' (this was 2012's 'Prometheus').