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Ridley Scott to helm new Blade Runner project

Ridley Scott has signed on to create a new installment of his 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, producers have confirmed.
British director and producer Ridley Scott, seen Nov. 9, 2009, is to direct a new instalment of Blade Runner. (Bela Szandelszky/Associated Press)

Ridley Scott has signed on to create a new installment of his 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, producers have confirmed.

Alcon Entertainment, which bought rights to the Blade Runner story back in March, said the film could be either a prequel or a sequel.

The original film, based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, was a stylish, noir crime thriller set in the near future. It has been an enduring cult classic and fans feared any new film based on Blade Runner would be a major disappointment.

The news that Scott will be associated with the film gives it both continuity and credibility.

"Everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that's wholly original from the first Blade Runner," producer Andrew Kosove told the Los Angeles Times.

No screenwriter has yet been assigned and there is no thought yet to casting.

The original film starred Harrison Ford as a police officer hunting down genetically engineered humans in an earth on the verge of environmental collapse.

Kosove said it was unlikely Ford would return in his role as Rick Deckard, saying both the story and casting would be new. The film is tentatively scheduled for release in 2014.

Later this year, Scott will be working on Prometheus, an outer-space alien adventure that is based in the world he created in 1979's Alien. The British director is also known for directing films such as Thelma & Louise and Gladiator and produced the TV series Pillars of the Earth.