Blade Runner Sequel?

Blade Runner Sequel?

‘Blade Runner’ is a film which needs no introduction, but I’ll give it a brief one anyhow in case anybody has been living in a cave for 30 years. Released in 1982 ‘Blade Runner’ directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford was a film adaptation of the Phillip K Dick novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’

Simply put the film depicts a dystopian future in which human replacements referred to as ‘replicants’ are created as a form of off world labour, with their presence on earth being illegal, fugitive replicants are hunted down and retired by specialist agents known as Blade Runners.

The film received many accolades and has been a heavy influence in pop culture since its release. Over the years ‘Blade Runner’ has been subjected to many interpretations with several different cuts of the film also being released, the latest of which ‘The Final Cut’, occurred in 2007.

In news it seems that Alcon Entertainment have officially confirmed that talks with Ridley Scott have been successful in that he is returning to the franchise in a producing and directing role on a sequel. The sequel referred to is pitched as something entirely original and stand alone to the original. On that basis it sounds like there will be no involvement from the original cast so Harrison Ford is unlikely to be involved on any level.

Whether you are a fan of the idea or not this is a monumental announcement, and a risky undertaking, hopefully we’ll see further announcements shortly so stay tuned for more news as it breaks.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.