Ridley Scott to Direct Next Blade Runner Film

Posted by at 2:28 pm on November 4, 2011

In a new interview published by the Wall Street Journal, director Ridley Scott has confirmed that he plans to follow up his popular 1982 film “Blade Runner.” Scott said he is on board to direct a “Blade Runner” follow-up and has been interviewing writers who can help him with the screenplay. Scott says the new project is “liable to be a sequel.”

Back in August, production company Alcon Entertainment said it was planning a new “Blade Runner” project with Scott at the helm, but it didn’t reveal whether it would be a prequel or sequel to the original film.

The first “Blade Runner” was an adaption of the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by author Philip K. Dick. It relates the story of Rick Deckard a futuristic bounty hunter, or “blade runner” who hunts down human-like androids called “replicants.”

“Blade Runner” devotees may not have to wait long for the new movie. “I think I’m close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver,” Scott says, “we’re quite a long way in, actually.” Scott, 74 years old, recently finished shooting the sci-fi movie “Prometheus” and is an executive producer of a new TV series on Discovery Communications Inc.’s Science Channel, “Prophets of Science Fiction.”

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