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Ridley Scott To Direct New Blade Runner Movie

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the deckard-shot-first dept.

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In his first accepted submission, fwarren writes "Alcon Entertainment, best known for the movie The Blind Side, purchased the rights to Blade Runner earlier this year. The next order of business? Hire Ridley Scott. Scott has signed on to make a new Blade Runner movie. At this point it is not known whether it will be a sequel or a prequel. With no script or writer at this point, I think it is safe to say it will be a roller coaster ride for the next few years."

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288 comments

RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137762)

He is the only one that can do that right !!

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (3, Insightful)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137770)

I don't know, but Phillip K. Dick is probably rolling in his.

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138254)

I don't know, but Phillip K. Dick is probably rolling in his.

There's a Phillip K. Dick shoved down your Phillip K. Throat you know.

Re:Cinematography (1)

kakarote (2294232) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138472)

Re:Cinematography (3)

xiayou (2316372) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138474)

i agreed but Really, don’t mess with it. It was an excellent film and an equally excellent soundtrack by Vangelis. If you must do something with the genre, do something from Walter Jon Williams (Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind), or Count Zero, or other such Cyberpunk stories that later became the inspiration to Johnny Mnemonic and The Matrix. And get Vangelis to do the soundtrack.

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137778)

Um.

What grave?

(and more importantly,)

What are you smoking?

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137840)

That's It!!!

The new movie will feature a geriatric Deckard hunting down interstellar narcotic trafficking vampires, er, no wait - ZOMBIE DRUG LORDS!!!!!

yeah baby!!!!

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138206)

Hey, maybe he's just a chickenhead, cut the guy some slack.

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138662)

I got it, but have no mod points. I wish I did.

Re:RIDLEY IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE !! (0, Flamebait)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138072)

He is the only one that can do that right !!

People said that Lucas and Spielberg were the only ones who could do Indiana Jones right, and look at what happened:

They ended up ass-raping Indiana Jones.

I'm hoping Harrison Ford has enough sense to sit this one out. Except he can't sit because Spielberg and Lucas ass-raped him. Over and over. Used him like a woman.

See if you can make them feel welcome (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138302)

Except he can't sit because Spielberg and Lucas ass-raped him. Over and over. Used him like a woman.

As we all know, it's more "proper" to use a woman than it is to use a man.

Nope, there's nothing sexist about that. Not...at...all.

If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (5, Funny)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137788)

I would advocate pummeling the director to within an inch of their life. For Ridley Scott I would ask politely to reconsider before pummeling.

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (1)

mozumder (178398) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137808)

Can we at least pummel the guy that's doing the Total Recall remake?

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137818)

And can't possibly be any worse than the shit-storm that was the original. What a piece of CRAP!

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (2)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138136)

Of course any sequel can be worse. Imagine Total Recall redone by the Wachowski brothers, starring Ashton Kutcher. And Sharon Stone again.

A Blade Runner remake could have the plot revised by George Lucas (plenty of "who shot first" opportunities, not to mention Jar-Jar Gaff), be directed by Uwe Boll, and have a Rachel/Deckard love scene written by Lars von Trier.

Oh, and Vangelis replaced with Kanye West.

To be a bit more serious, the biggest risks I see with a Blade Runner remake are

  1. To make it too close to the original "Do androids dream of electric sheep", simply because it was written for a completely different time, and the plot just doesn't work today. The robots in the book are little more than Furbies and Aibos. Deckard's electromechanical sheep on the roof belongs in a quite different story than what Blade Runner became.
  2. To turn J.F. Sebastian into comical relief. He's a tragic character in a film noir, and I hope Ridley Scott won't budge on that.

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (1)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138318)

And cast Justin Bieber as Deckard?

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138862)

Kill it with fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138080)

Dude from what I heard its Michael Bay which frankly should get a good ass kicking just on general principle for all the crapola he has thrust upon the world. Hell for Transformers two he should have been put in the hospital with a broken ass for all the kicking it should have gotten!

As for TFA my heart wants it to be good because it is Ridley Scott, but my head says he'll probably just be cashing a VERY big check and phoning it in. I just don't see how they are gonna top Ford and Hauer in the original, I just don't. As long as it isn't Green Lantern bad i think most will let it slide just because it IS Scott, but I seriously doubt it will be anywhere as good as the first.

The news that Michael Bay was making it... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137820)

nearly sent me into screaming fits. You know, with Shea and Will Smith and other luminaries in staring roles.

Re:The news that Michael Bay was making it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138500)

"with Shea and Will Smith and other luminaries in staring roles."

Hopefully, in disbelief.

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137936)

Agreed, although I don't particularly share your proclivity for violence. Ridley Scott is no idiot, but even with developments and advances in film technology since the original, it would be hard to top the ground breaking nature of the original. I propose a challenge to fellow slashdotters:

What ought to be done for this film to win over the Geek crowd here who knows and appreciates the source materials, namely PKD's body of work? How would you balance that with the expectations of today's theater-going public?

"Should stand as separately as possible" (2)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138126)

Following the various links I found:

"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."

Re:"Should stand as separately as possible" (1)

halowolf (692775) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138146)

This reminds me of watching the Godfather. Its been parodied so much I was in stitches with laughter the whole time.

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138194)

Cricket cricket cricket...

Re:If it was anyone other than Ridley Scott (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138278)

Unless they can somehow resurrect PKD and have him write the story, I think any new Blade Runner film will always be that cheap knockoff movie. It would be almost like that cheap feeling of watching a direct-to-video sequel/prequel release of a much bigger and much more successful movie.

James Cameron? :-) (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138054)

I would advocate pummeling the director to within an inch of their life. For Ridley Scott I would ask politely to reconsider before pummeling.

What if Ridley Scott hands it off to James Cameron? Sequels do not always go horribly wrong. :-)

Hint: imdb Alien and Aliens

Re:James Cameron? :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138106)

Alien 3 Alien Resurrection Alien vs. Predator Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

  Sequels do not always go horribly wrong but they can encourage the studios to... well i'm sure you know how the story goes

Re:James Cameron? :-) (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138402)

What if Ridley Scott hands it off to James Cameron?

Celine Dion may find more work.

Titanic, never Cameron, never again.

when are they gonna re-make star wars? (4, Funny)

decora (1710862) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137810)

man that was a good movie. with the little guy talking about 'meesa no jibber jabber', so great - a classic film. but think about how much they could improve it with modern special effects like computer graphics and realistic animation.

Re:when are they gonna re-make star wars? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137862)

That's a great idea! I think the guy who directed Star Wars is too busy making indie films right now, though - he's one of those guys whose love of filmcraft transcends any desire for monetary compensation.

David Lynch (3, Interesting)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137876)

I'd watch it if David Lynch remade Star Wars. It would just be a bunch of creepy synth music, incomprehensible dialog, and scenes with people and aliens standing around not saying anything.

Re:David Lynch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138026)

I'd pay to watch that.

Re:David Lynch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138140)

I'd pay vast sums NOT to watch it. I sat through "Lost Highway." I checked my watch every other minute. Literally. It felt like an eternity each fucking time. MOST. OVER. RATED. DIRECTOR. EVAR!!!!!!!!!one!!!!!1!!!!!pi!!!!!

Re:David Lynch (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138166)

But boy, would he get the pinkish orange atmosphere of Naboo down pat!

Re:David Lynch (1)

spongman (182339) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138190)

incomprehensible dialog, and scenes with people and aliens standing around not saying anything.

George Lucas already did that - they're called the prequels.

Re:David Lynch (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138248)

And Darth Vader would be sucking on Nitrous Oxide. Actually, that scene with the robot factory in Episode Two stole a few things from Eraserhead.

Re:David Lynch (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138354)

I'd pay to see an Eraserhead remake.

Re:David Lynch (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138590)

Just take drugs and watch it. Any hallucinogen will do. We'll come and visit you in the mental institution afterwords.

Re:when are they gonna re-make star wars? (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138164)

Oh yes, that's what Blade Runner needs - a HUGE cg budget and an even thinner plot. Did I mention a HUGE cg budget?

Throwing a HUGE cg budget is Hollywood's answer to everything.

Has the day really arrived ... (2)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138188)

man that was a good movie. with the little guy talking about 'meesa no jibber jabber', so great - a classic film

Has the day really arrived that when someone says "Star Wars" people think of episode 1 first?

Re:Has the day really arrived ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138692)

wow, you're fucking stupid

whoosh, btw

The Blind Side (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37137834)

Maybe Ridley Scott will cast Sandra Bullock in tight pants and a gun. If she's a replicant that would be icing on the cake...

No Respect (4, Insightful)

AvderTheTerrible (1960234) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137856)

It seems like Hollywood just can't be content to let a good work stand on its own. Sooner or later everything good has to get either a sequel, prequel, or remake. It's just disrespectful, in my opinion, to works that are actually good and stand the test of time on their own. Not everything has to be turned into a cash cow.

Re:No Respect (1)

tloh (451585) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138020)

Cheer up, sport! There are a few things in Hollywood worth looking forward to. I'm been anticipating Cameron's "Battle Angel" adaptation for many years now. Ever since I saw this computer rendered action sequence [youtube.com] years ago, I've wondered how awesome a feature length adaptation would be. With the production work of "Avatar" as the proving ground for what he needs to shoot the movie, I've got high expectations! Incidentally, the original manga that "Battle Angel" is based on was heavily influenced by the visuals of the original "Blade Runner".

Re:No Respect (1)

DeathElk (883654) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138204)

Not everything has to be turned into a cash cow.

<Hollywood producer>Yes. Yes it does.</Hollywood producer>

It might actually be good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138522)

Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner ~30 years ago. Maybe he came up with a good idea for another movie in the Blade Runner Universe, and it will be a good movie. 30 years is plenty of time of come up with new ideas.

Re:No Respect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138560)

More importantly it means they have run out of "new" ideas.

Re:No Respect (1)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138708)

If so, there'd be a remake of "Citizen Kane" built around Murdoch's life.

Total Recall 2070 (5, Informative)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137870)

It was short lived, but Total Recall 2070 was set in a hybrid Phillip K Dick universe that combined Blade Runner and Total Recall. It took place 20 years after the events of Blade Runner, kept a fair chunk of the aesthetic, and was pretty damn cool. It was a shame it only survived one season.

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Total_Recall_2070 [wikimedia.org]

Re:Total Recall 2070 (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137942)

Hey, thanks, I hadn't heard of it...

Re:Total Recall 2070 (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137972)

wow

i have fond memories of that show

and i thought i was the only person that watched it

there's a whole universe of this weird syndicated content on late night american tv produced in some strange land that i've pieced together is referred to as canada

i've also admired davinci's inquest, about police politics in vancouver

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Vinci's_Inquest [wikipedia.org]

and regenesis, about a molecular biologist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReGenesis [wikipedia.org]

is canada some sort of unincorporated american territory somewhere? is it near alaska?

Re:Total Recall 2070 (1)

porl (932021) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138034)

regenesis was brilliant. i thought the last series fell away a little, but still one of the best shows of it's kind

Re:Total Recall 2070 (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138042)

Canada is the Architect of the manifest destiny which will engulf North America, adding 50 new provinces and numerous territories to our glorious nation.

Re:Total Recall 2070 (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138064)

You definitely weren't the only one watching it. :)

Total Recall 2070 was half the reason I bought a Tivo. It ran after-hours, along with The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. (Another short lived show that deserved to survive longer.) I missed a pair of episodes one week, and the next day I went out and bought a Tivo. Sadly, the Tivo outlasted them both.

It depens on Harrison Ford (2)

sinan (10073) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137894)

If he is getting older, it should be a sequel, if on the other hand he is getting younger, then it should be a prequel.

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (1)

guspasho (941623) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137980)

Is Harrison Ford getting older? Has anyone confirmed this?

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138062)

If you watch him in recent interviews, he's just as shitty at them as he's ever been. If that applies to the rest of his life, he could be the star in a remake.

most of the cast is still around (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138028)

edward james olmos, rutger hauer, crazy sean young, daryl hannah, joe turkel... heck get vangelis to write a new score

brion james died unfortunately (leon)

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (3, Interesting)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138066)

If he is getting older, then the Deckard is not a replicant. That solves that debate.

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138142)

Well they've proven actors can play themselves at any age with Jeff Bridges in Tron. For better or worse, they get to choose now.

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (1)

Nexus7 (2919) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138172)

Ah yes, Deckard, replicant or not. Wouldn't we like to know that one.

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (1)

ipwndk (1898300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138766)

Nooo! That's the whole point of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Bladerunner! If they put in Harrison, they must magically make him the same age! Then add that there's drugs that does that, so there's still two explanations; human or replicant. I mean, how can Decard have his inner conflict, if he knows he is human?

Re:It depens on Harrison Ford (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138436)

But what if he just doesn't age in either direction [imgur.com] ?

If we have a Blade Runner sequel (2)

sphere (27305) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137898)

I suggest that Scott lay the groundwork for "VALIS: Electric Boogaloo."

Of course.... (4, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137926)

Deckard shoots first in this one.

Cross contaminated remake.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138156)

More like MacReady was a replicant and Deckard was the Thing.

"it will be roller coaster ride" (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137932)

You're missing an 'a'.

And I won't be surprised if Warner distributes it and it does becomes some Six Flags ride.

I dunno if they can replicate the success (1)

hsmith (818216) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137938)

Of the first one



Haha get it

Re:I dunno if they can replicate the success (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138008)

Of the first one
Haha get it

The first one was a box office flop and got generally unfavorable reviews. Get your facts straight. It stayed around as a cult film, and over time, especially with the release of the Director's Cut, the critics came around, and it made enough money in total to justify the sequel.

And, yes I get it. They are androids BTW, not replicants.

Re:I dunno if they can replicate the success (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138900)

Perhaps the "Haha get it" was meant for both the "replicate" as well as the "success" parts?

Re:I dunno if they can replicate the success (1)

tloh (451585) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138116)

Well, if Ridley Scott is successful, the only way to tell the two films apart would be to apply the Voight-Kampff test [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I dunno if they can replicate the success (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138896)

Well, if Ridley Scott is successful, the only way to tell the two films apart would be to apply the Voight-Kampff test [wikipedia.org] .

Yes, but how many questions would it take?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1)

not_surt (1293182) | more than 2 years ago | (#37137998)

I'd quite like to see a truer adaption of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. While it obviously shares much in common with Blade Runner its story and world have (to me at least) a very different, and just as appealing, flavour to Blade Runner.

Re:Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1)

NalosLayor (958307) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138758)

How about just making "The Man In the High Castle" and have *it* star Harrison Ford? Think Chinatown for this century.

Oh come on. (1)

Jethro (14165) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138002)

That's it, I give up.

Bittorrent is competiton. (3, Funny)

grumling (94709) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138098)

Kind of ironic that they crack down on illegal copies then continue to copy themselves.

If it's a sequel... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138148)

...would that mean they might have cell phones invented by then?

Re:If it's a sequel... (2)

Doctor_Jest (688315) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138274)

Remember the 8 second call to Rachel when he was at Taffy Lewis' place cost $1.25.. so Ridley was ahead of his time predicting cell phone charges in the future. :)

writers (2)

spongman (182339) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138210)

why does everything sci-fi have to be a remake, re-imagining, sequel or prequel?

seriously, aren't there any writers in Hollywood with imaginations any more, or even the chops to do a decent book adaptation?

Re:writers (5, Informative)

KikassAssassin (318149) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138334)

It's not the writers. There are lots of writers in Hollywood who would love to write original stories, and original film ideas get pitched all the time. The suits at the studios often just don't want to take the risk with something new and original because sequels and remakes come with built-in name recognition and are a safer way to ensure a film will make money. Writers have to make a living, so they take whatever jobs they can get, and often that means writing tired, unoriginal sequels and remakes because those are the only jobs available.

Re:writers (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138346)

Hollywood assumes that people expect massive special effect budgets for science fiction movies, and gears every single one of them for enormous sales to cover for that. That's what "science fiction" means in Hollywood these days: blockbuster action special effects madness.

Blade Runner was made on $28 million. It had "special effects", but they were used to drive the story, not the other way around. It didn't need ridiculous sales to cover the cost.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was made on $200 million. Special effects are the only thing the movie has. Everything is fake and over-the-top, even the main actress's lips. The only attraction of the movie is the special effects; the story is practically an after-thought.

Of course, if you think the Transformers model is the only way to approach science-fiction, you assume it's going to be necessarily high-risk. So they shy away from any science fiction movie at all these days because film studios are stupid, conservative, top-heavy companies these days.

Re:writers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138556)

Blade Runner was made on $28 million. It had "special effects", but they were used to drive the story, not the other way around. It didn't need ridiculous sales to cover the cost.

Actually it did. $28 million was an unheard-of amount of money to spend on a film budget in 1982. It barely broke even.

Re:writers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138600)

Wow, that came out way more rambley and stupid than I thought it would.

Re:writers (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138368)

While I do agree writing has suffered as of late not all is lost. I will give you one very appropriate name:

Charlie Kaufman

Most over-rated sci-fi film ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138230)

Lets hope it's a remake, and let's hope it's done properly this time.

2019? (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138258)

How does that work? 2019 is only 8 years away at this point. I think it's pretty clear we're not going to have any flying cars by then.

marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138268)

It's too risky to make a film with a totally new story. Or at leas that's what the marketing thinks.

more to come (4, Funny)

bigdavex (155746) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138296)

I can't wait for Blade Runner vs. Alien.

Re:more to come (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138778)

I'm waiting for Aliens vs Predator vs Avatar

Again? (2)

fireteller2 (712795) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138308)

I remember after finishing on 5th element I interviewed with The Mill in london. They PROMISED me that if I would just sign up I'd be working on "Millennium" the working title for Blade Runner II. I thought that would be cool so I said sure, but when they offered me less then a living wage to live in London, I had to pass.

Nice to see that ploy still works.

Remake first... (1)

MindPrison (864299) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138314)

...then later on they can make sequels.

Nothing more horrible about movies than 20-40 year old sequels, it simply won't match.
Max 5 years timespan between sequels!

I want less life, (1)

jgeiger (1356045) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138380)

fucker.

I hope for JarJar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138508)

Somehow JarJar has to make it into this movie... that would be awesome... I would watch it with my children I like to fuck most...

Hauer wants to call it, "Replicant with a shotgun" (2)

gary_7vn (1193821) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138510)

Now that would be a blast!

I for one, welcome our replicant overlords... (2)

optimism (2183618) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138528)

Seriously though, this is GOOD news.

Ridley Scott is a master. Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, Matchstick Men...all come to mind as great films over his long career.

I recall Scott's comments on the Alien Quadrilogy DVD set, basically saying that there was no need for a "director's cut" of Alien because he was perfectly happy with the original.

So I really don't think he would screw up a new Blade Runner film.

It is impossible for a new film to compare to the first...Blade Runner was at least a decade ahead of its time...but it will still be GOOD.

On the film-noir-scifi front, I'm also interested to see when Richard Morgan's work (Altered Carbon) makes it to the screen.

On the broader scifi front, I'd love to see Iain M Banks' or Vernor Vinge's or Alastair Reynold's works translated to film. Tough job though.

Re:I for one, welcome our replicant overlords... (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138644)

Don't forget Robin Hood, where it was Mr. Scott's decision to rewrite it into the standard folklore, with big battles and Higgins boats.

Which version is he going to remake? (1)

gary_7vn (1193821) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138552)

The workprint one? The San Diego sneak preview? (Shown only once) Or the U.S. theatrical version? Perhaps "the international" uncut one? Maybe the U.S. broadcast version (no nipples!) How about the "Director's Cut"? I know, I know, Ridley Scott's Final Cut AKA the "25th Anniversary Edition" So many choices, so little time (Harrison ain't getting any younger)

Bladerunner--IN SPACE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37138742)

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate."

I want to see a movie that shows that.

FUCKING NO!!! (1)

HeavyDevelopment (1117531) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138762)

If Dick didn't write it, it ain't Dick. This is a travesty. Although most of the adaptations smell of travesty (Hollyfuckingwood being what it is), this truly is.

Don't do it, please. (1)

aglider (2435074) | more than 2 years ago | (#37138958)

Do you all really think that Mr. Scott is going to pre/se-quel Blade Runner for the sake of glory?
Mr. Scott knows that the new movie won't bring him any glory, just bad critics.
Whatever Mr. Scott will do, that won't even compare to Blade Runner.
No actor will sustain the comparison with Ford, Hauer, Young or Hannah and company.
Yes, (real) CGI and 3D will make it better looking, 16 channel extra-surround will make it sound better.
But will it be comparable to the real Blade Runner movie (whatever cut you choose)?
No way as far as the contents of the movie itself.
But you can bet it will be an economic success. And that's all matters nowadays.
Please, Mr. Scott, don't do it. Otherwise you'll be retired!

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