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Ridley Scott is to return to his vision of a futuristic Los Angeles by directing a follow-up to the 1982 SF classic Blade Runner. Rumours of a sequel have graced t'interweb for some time now, but the camera is most definitely set to roll with Scott in the director seat, after Alcon Entertainment - the studio which secured the …


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  1. Bunker_Monkey


    Sorry let me put that another way...


    Hollywood continues its current policy of remaking/ruining classic movies.........

    1. Mike Flugennock

      and, in agreement, may I state...


      It's official -- Hollywood is out of ideas. Remakes of remakes, movies based on comic books, movies about Smurfs, 3D crap, and now this.

      1. LaeMing

        The most disapointing thing is

        there is so much good (and even more quite passable) origional sci-fi in text form. I isn't that the ideas aren't out there, it is that most of the film industry is functionally illiterate.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Not only Hollywood

          With a few exceptions you can see that in general all industries suffer from the same problem: only wankers make it to the top. It's a cultural thing, it may be a cliche, but we are indeed in an end-of-epoch time, like just before the French revolution...

        2. Steven Roper
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          Right on man. The number of brilliant sci-fi books I've read that would make absolute blockbusters but that Hollywood refuses to touch is staggering. Consider Harry Harrison's "Deathworld" and "To The Stars" trilogies; Julian May's "Galactic Milieu" and "Saga of the Pliocene Exiles" epics; Greg Bear's "Eon", "Eternity", "Forge of God", and "Anvil of Stars"; Vernor Vinge's "Marooned in Realtime"; Brian Aldiss's "Helliconia" trilogy (particularly relevant in this age of environmental awareness and climate change)... .the list is endless, and if handled properly would make the most awesome movies imaginable.

          Actually, there's the rub: "if handled properly." Given Hollywood's propensity for butchering books to the point where the only things in common between book and movie are the title and the names of a few characters, perhaps it's better that these books remain only as books. Unless some non-Hollywood filmmaker does it. Australian, Canadian and English filmmakers are all far superior to Hollywood's tripe.

    2. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge


      It might end up being the first 3D movie worth watching...

      1. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Dunno...

        More likely - let's face it - yet another 3D movie that isn't worth watching

  2. Dave Murray

    this is my unhappy face


  3. Guido Esperanto


    Just leave the franchises alone...FFS.

    Bladerunner is a great movie and was made good by, the script, the actors and the technology available at the time, which while quirky, was believable.

    These days the CG tech gives films an almost unrealistic sheen.

    Not to mention the fact that Hollywood itself appears to be running out of fresh ideas. Okay I got another one.

    Lets make Pulp Fiction 2. The people who loved it, are gonna come flocking thus earning us big box office $$$, but who gives a sheet if the films a turkey, which will almost spoil the enjoyment of the original.

    There are some great books and minds out there that can provide original entertainment without having to re-visit something.

    Sometimes you just gotta know when to leave something alone. Not doing so can leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

  4. janimal

    Managing Expectations

    >I'll be crossing my fingers in ultimate anticipation

    I think if you prepare to be disappointed and assume it will be shit there's a small chance you might be pleasantly surprised.

  5. supermeerkat

    This'll be a dissapointment I tells ya, a dissapointment....

    Given the decades of fanwanking that have grown up around this movie.

  6. chuBb.


    As long as it has NOTHING to do with the original then it might work. I.e. work in the universe like the old Westwood game did, but other than a fleeting appearance in an esper photo and a few references to events in the film there is nothing from the film apart from locations.

    Would be cool to see something a bit closer to the book, i.e. more emphasis on lack of animals and the kibble but im not holding my breath.

    But it will probably be another shitty 're-imagining' meh.

    (Nuke cus thats essentially the prequel in one word)

  7. Naughtyhorse

    Blade Runner ii

    excellent, brilliant news

    Ridley Scott - fantastic, amazing, I am salivating at the thought of what he will do with the story 30 years on..


    oh, russel crowe......

    wont be seeing that then


  8. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    Oh great, in 3D

    Because nothing improves a film like a splitting headache.

    1. John Bailey

      Oh come on..

      The splitting headache at the very least takes your mind off the poor acting and the pathetically simplified story line.

  9. Graham Marsden

    Just as long as...

    ... it's not based on K.W.Jeter's dire "Blade Runner 2" which tried and epically failed to square the circle between the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and the film "Blade Runner"!

    1. T J

      Wrong on the Internet

      Sorry but you are wrong on the internet old chum.

      The Jetter (two t's btw) sequel was actually surprisingly good, given the nature of his usual violent, rambling drivel.

      I would assume if they are calling it 'Blade Runner 2' then it is indeed based on his novel, but we'll see.

      Oh, and I'm totally past caring too!

      1. Graham Marsden

        @T J

        "Jeter" has one 't', not two (see )

        And saying that the sequel was "good" because the rest of what he writes is crap is like saying that banging your head against a brick wall is good because it feels so much better when you stop!

  10. Sooty

    video game spin off

    I can't help but think the tech behind LA Noire would make a pretty good blade runner game.

    The original game wasn't too bad.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Is Nothing Sacred?

    FFS can't they film something new?

    Ridley Scott, go stand in the corner/lift-to-hell with George Lucas.

  12. Tom 35

    the greatest Sci-fi movie of all time, I'll be crossing my fingers

    When it starts so high, it has so far to fall.

  13. Fuzzy Duck

    sorry, it's not that amazing....

    it's great cinema, just not a great film....

    yeah it looks fantastic (the cleaned up re-master) but i still think it needs 3-4 minutes chopping from the last 15 minutes.


    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: sorry, it's not that amazing....

      I learned something new today.

      They have Fuzzy Ducks in Philistia......

    2. Brezin Bardout

      I know what is amazing though

      It's amazing how your opinions are also facts. Absolutely amazing. In my opinion anyway

    3. Giles Jones Gold badge


      It's done in a film noir style. So it is deliberately stylist and doesn't flow like a typical popcorn movie.

      It is obviously not to your taste, but don't run it down because you don't like it.

  14. Tim #3


    Blimey, those were the days before films had compulsory CGI martial-arts type sequences. Oh the fond memories...

  15. Lottie


    I would love to see something actually more akin to the book. There was a lot to do with spirituality and the mechanics of belief in the book that was absent from the film.

    Well actually, apart from "it's in the future, it has replicants and a bounty hunter", there was very, very little in common.

    But I fear that this will be another in a long line of prequels that tarnish the overall legacy of the franchise -I'm looking at you Lucas!

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I assume

    That there will be approximately 10 final/directors cuts of this one too, after it's done?

  17. Mike Flugennock

    Greatest sci-fi film of all time?

    While I think "Blade Runner" is certainly made of awesome, I'd have to say that "2001: A Space Odyssey" is hands-down _the_ Greatest... with "Blade Runner" and "THX 1138" (the only George Lucas film that matters) tied for a close second.

    1. LaeMing

      The mob had spoken.

      Follow the link citing the reason the author called it so.

  18. DJV Silver badge

    3D.. pah!

    Colo(u)r... talkies...

    Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?

    Mines the one with a grump in the pocket.

    1. LaeMing

      I read somewhere,

      a director (may even have been Scott himself) describing how it took decades for the film industry to start doing sound right, and they had the same issues with the transition to colour - a few films got it right at the start, but film-makers generally had to learn the use of the new tech by hard trial-and-error. His point being that it would likely be that long also before good 3D was more than the odd fluke.

      1. paulc


        They still can't get sound right... it's usually very badly miked and the only time you can hear dialogue really clearly is when they've redubbed it back in as it was incomprehensible even to the director... What doesn't help is when the soundtrack music overpowers the actors... who should really be sent to diction classes to stop them from mumbling...

    2. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      That'll be why

      they've tried and failed to introduce colour and sound every decade for the last fifty years.

  19. LuMan


    Er, not exactly off-topic, but am I the only person who prefers the original version (with the narration and proper ending) to the Director's Cut version?

    1. TeeCee Gold badge



      Oh hell.

      Ah, so *you're* one of the people who makes up this mysterious test screening audience used by Hollywood then?

      "proper ending"?


    2. IsJustabloke

      I refuse to enoble a simple forum post!


    3. Alvar

      Re: Original


    4. tobyr


      Er yes, yes you are...

      Happy Friday

    5. Geoffrey W


      So it was you!

      You where the audience the studios had in mind when they insisted on the optimistic ending. You were the one the studios thought wouldn't understand what was going on when they stuck the Blade Runner for Dummies narration on the top of it.

      Are you out of your mind, man!!!???

    6. Ty Cobb

      D@mn Skippy

      I had to wait for the DVD set with 5 or 7 versions, so I could get the right movie. Fords voice set the mood, best way to see that movie was to know what was in his head.....

    7. Kristian Walsh Silver badge

      Me too.

      If I was coming at it having never seen the film, the original cut is far better. It's better paced for a start, and the narration suits the Film Noir style of it.

      But once you've seen the film, and liked it, then the (myriad) Directors Cuts are better. It's like opera - you know the story, you know what's going on; you want to sit back, put yourself into the world and enjoy the performances.

      But, show someone who has never seen the film the last Director's Cut, and they've lost interest by 30 minutes in, when nothing has happened, none of the characters have been properly introduced, and you've no idea where the film is going, or whether it'll be worthwhile to get there.

    8. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      I don't like the dove taking off into a blue sky in the middle of the night, but otherwise the original version was fine - they drove off into the wilderness where Deckard shoots Rachael in the head to save her from being hunted down by Holden or Gaff.

      The voice over was perfect for that Noir feel.

  20. Graham Bartlett


    Probably you are. The original isn't bad, exactly, but the voiceover is way too cheesy. You can just hear the studio chairpolisher saying "It's police, yeah? Let's put a Mike Hammer kind of voiceover on it. Kids love that." And the ending - WTF?! "Suddenly it was all wonderful and they all lived happily ever after"?! Ye gods.

  21. IsJustabloke

    I refuse to enoble a simple forum post!

    Ridders..... why oh why oh why?!?!?!?

    what have we done that has displeased you soooo much that you would adulterate one of your best movies in this way?

    Are you channelling Lucas? Is that it? maybe we can help?

    And I see you are also planning on fucking up "Alien" too... :-|

  22. MJI Silver badge

    Could be good

    Well it is Ridley and not some useless person.

    I would give it a chance - I think he is planning same world but not same people.

  23. PhilipN Silver badge

    Context - Modern Hollywood

    Let's not get carried away.

    The remake of Lone Ranger has been cancelled because costs were going to spiral out of control.

    (Side note : How the KCUF do you spend a quarter of a billion dollars on a few horses and cowboy hats?)

    So how bleeding much is a Blade Runner 2013 version going to cost?

  24. wiggers

    Recycling old ideas

    It is sad that there are no authors these days writing new books of which they can make into films. No, wait I'm dreaming in Farenheit 451, there *is* a constant stream of new ideas. Wake up Hollywood!

    Flames for books, going up in.

    1. LaeMing

      As I said above

      Hollywood producers = functional illiteracy.

  25. Anonymous Coward

    This is a bad idea....made worse by:

    "Don't bet against Russell Crowe being involved. After Gladiator the star has appeared in a number of other Scott flicks."

    Oh fucking hell NO.


    The mans a fucking arsehole with all the acting talent of a big brother contestant....

    So, Mr Scott, just to re-iterate.. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.

    Im just in the process of "obtaining" the blu-ray rip, er sorry, release...So i can remind myself just how good a film it is....

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  27. iGoto

    Is Vangelis still alive?

    If so, wheel him out and let's get the OST sorted out.

  28. Bod
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    Why Ridley Didley?

    Why 3D?

    Is it because you can do something truly creative with it?

    Or is it because 3D makes a bit more cash for the studios?

    I suspect the latter. Will you shoot in 3D or just send it to Taiwan like the majority for a bollocks "conversion"?

    When someone actually presents a valid point to 3D beyond just gimmick (and yes I'm even looking at you "oh there are no in your face 3D gimmicks in Avatar"(bullshit) Cameron), I'll pay attention.

    "This is a total reinvention"

    Oh god. So remake then.

  29. Mondo the Magnificent

    Is it me?

    Am I the only person who thinks this isn't bad news?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I've just checked

      and the answer is "Yes".

      After the complete and utter mess Scott made of "Sherwood" he shouldn't be allowed near a film set again. He's senile.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      @ Mondo

      Yes, you are in fact the only person in the world that thinks "Blade Runner 2" is a good idea. The rest of us stubbornly cling to the hope that Hollywood will create something new someday.

    3. Helldesk Dogsbody
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      I'm actually quietly optimistic regarding this. The key word used is "reimagining" rather than remake. As long as it follows the suggestion of merely being set in the same universe with none of the original characters making a return then it has a lot of promise. Just please, not Russell Crowe.

      1. Goat Jam


        All the kids are "reimagining" films these days, have been ever since "remaking" started getting a bit of a stink about it.

        It still flaps like a duck though.

  30. Minophis
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    What's a tortoise?

    I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.

    Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.

    I've watched sea beams glitter in the darkness at Tanhauser Gate

    But I won't be watching that.

  31. Graeme Sutherland

    Could be interesting

    From what little I've heard about Prometheus, it's moved from being a straight Alien prequel to something that sounds influenced by The Forever War and possibly some of Olaf Stapledon's books. It could actually prove to be something more intelligent than just people getting eaten by Aliens.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being much more influenced by the book, as Lottie suggests.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Inauspicious start

    ..."never work without 3D again"....

    I hope Scott's not getting past it - he has always been one of the very, very few modern directors who can consistently produce something very special without relying on gimmicks or star appeal to hold up shoddy work or threadbare stories. I have some faith; the original is such a tough act to follow that it's hard to imagine he'd take it on unless he thought he could do a second film the justice it deserved while dovetailing it sympathetically with the original story.

    I confess I cringed when I heard Lord of the Rings was going to be attempted again, but Peter Jackson managed near perfection from a book just set up for epic Fail, so just maybe Scott can pull it off and surprise us all.

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pedantic correction to previous article

    Somehow I missed the "Blade Runner tops sci-fi movie poll" story when it originally appeared so only saw it by following the link in this article; and since the comments on it have been closed I hope there are no objections to my pointing out something that no-one seems to have noticed the first time round.

    It wasn't a poll. It was "... the result of heated debate/scuffles between the frazzled writers of Total Sci-Fi" or so it states on the source article (had anyone bothered to read the preamble before the actual list started).

    Now, while I personally agree with their choice of Blade Runner for the top slot, not everybody does. A quick Google of "Best SF movies" gives an IMDB list where it's currently ranked at 15.

  34. madhatt3r


    bah, it's not like they're gonna set fire to all the copies of "Blade Runner". They won't be abe to take that one away from us for now. Don't mind if they try to do a second part, although I don't expect anything good, they'll do CG instead of real photography.

    Regarding setting fire to all copies...the original Star Wars there anyway to get that on DVD or Blu-Ray without the 3D crap Lucas added at the end of the 90s? It actually ruins it for me.

  35. tardigrade

    What's the point?

    Oi Ridley NO!

    You've already got The Forever War to make. Get cracking on that instead and give us the most impressive and intelligent new sci-fi movie since Blade Runner.

    You did Blade Runner and it was great now just leave it. There is so much new material that needs to be filmed, what is with this obsession of retreading old ideas. Hollywood has been gelded.

  36. MarcusArt

    Sir Ridley may be filming on his own...

    I wrote a feature with Syd Mead, the designer behind the amazing cars and sets in blade runner. He is not convinced about a new Blade Runner.

    While I love Blade Runner, and written a lot about it, I just can't see it being ground breaking and only really marginally money making. There's so many reasons for this. The only way it could work is a mind blowing script, new effects and a desperate love by cinema goers for the Film Noire genre. Or the legendary director takes the story into a complete reboot. But what does that say about us? One of the points about the underlying theme of blade Runner is consumerism and the re-has of retro. Would Sir Ridley pickup much from our current culture? Post Modernism has come and gone, so what's left?

  37. Stevie



    I wonder which uncredited "inspiration" I'll see in *this* Scott outing?

  38. Goat Jam

    "never work without 3D again"

    Whereas for me, it is a case of "never watch another movie unless it is in 2D again"

    It seems that "improving" classic movies by re-filming them in 3D is here to stay.

  39. Mr Larrington

    You decide

    Out of order or BANG out of order?

  40. John 62

    Russell Crowe?

    So it'll be LA Confidential in teh fewtarr!

    Which might not be such a bad thing.

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