Earlier this year Alcon Entertainment, the production company based at Warner Bros. who are behind movies such as The Blind Side and The Book of Eli, secured film and television franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner.
Now Deadline is reporting that Scott, who is currently revisiting the Alien franchise with Prometheus, will also revisit the Blade Runner world as director and producer on a new film.
No word yet on whether the film will be a sequel or prequel, or whether Harrison Ford will be involved, but getting Scott on-board was a good move. If they’re going to make sequels/prequels, it might as well be with the director of the original.
Blade Runner starred Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, and was based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. It is considered the greatest science-fiction film of all time by many, and currently sits at #117 on IMDB’s Top 250.
The film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically engineered organic robots called replicants—visually indistinguishable from adult humans—are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation. Their use on Earth is banned, and replicants are exclusively used for dangerous, menial or leisure work on Earth’s off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and “retired” by police special operatives known as “Blade Runners”.
The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the burnt out expert blade runner, Rick Deckard, who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.