Friday, May 18, 2012

BLADE RUNNER: Weirdness and What We Know About The Sequel

There's some strange stuff happening with Blade Runner these days.

First, the film was not given permission to screen at the Alamo Drafthouse's Summer of 1982 series.

Second, the Blu-ray suddenly went out of print.

Third, it was reported several months ago that original star Harrison Ford was in talks to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel.  In less than 24 hours, that rumor was squashed.

Why would Alcon Entertainment, owners of the property suddenly want to prevent it from being seen, especially now there's more interest than the film has had in years? 

Do you think director Ridley Scott, who only recently has even acknowledged that Prometheus is strongly related to his film Alien, is specifically misdirecting Ford's involvement?

Here's what we know:
  • Hampton Fancher, who wrote the original draft of Blade Runner, has been hired to develop the story for the project.
  • The story will be set “some years after the first film concluded.
  • Scott and Fancher originally conceived of Blade Runner as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • The sequel will "definitely be featuring a female protagonist."

Via: THR, Variety, The Daily Beast

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