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How Ridley Scott’s New ‘Blade Runner’ Has The Capacity To Spoil The Original

By on August 19, 2011

The word is out.  Ridley Scott is committed to produce and direct a Blade Runner movie.

While some fans of the original 1982 scifi movie (loosely based on Phillip K. Dicks Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) are rejoicing, others are expressing displeasure over the move, which they feel will ruin the memory of the original movie, particularly its deliberately ambiguous ending.

The argument goes that the Blade Runner universe was never intended to be expanded upon, and that doing so will strip loyal fans of their capacity to wonder and hypothesize about the movie’s end.

The movie is not a remake but either a prequel or sequel, although it is not currently known which. Scott is making the movie with Alcon Entertainment and producing with Alcon partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosgrove.

It would be a gross understatement to say that we are elated Ridley Scott will shepherd this iconic story into a new, exciting direction,” said Kosove and Johnson. “We are huge fans of Ridley’s and of the original Blade Runner. This is once in a lifetime project for us.

Scott must be feeling the nostalgia as he is currently working on Prometheus an Aliens movie. Prometheus has been described as a prequel to the original Alien movie (starring Sigourney Weaver and John Hurt) in all but name.