Ridley Scott's science-fiction classic 'Blade Runner' may be more than 30 years old, but it still feels as fresh and exciting as it did upon release back in 1982. Perhaps that's why the current rights-holders (who acquired the name in 2011) are so fervent about creating a sequel -- it's a pre-built universe that feels like it's ready for dozens of additional stories. And with the news that a new writer has been attached to rewrite the script, it appears that we may be seeing a sequel sooner rather than later.
With the impending release of Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' on Blu-ray and DVD, some of our readers will be getting a nifty Steelbook Edition only released in the UK. Said edition will hand its owners a very interesting Easter egg indeed via the bonus features: A possible connection between the 'Prometheus' and Scott's 1982 classic 'Blade Runner'. (It's unclear to us at the moment if this is relegated to the UK edition or is featured in all editions.) Geeks, start your drooling!
The summer of 1982 was so seminal for cinema that even its flops have been canonized. 'Blade Runner' was a huge disappointment for everyone involved thirty years ago, but now it's revered as a classic. And maybe it's finally making money with all the reissues, as we're about to get a new special edition for the film's thirtieth anniversary.
At this point it doesn't matter whether or not you want Ridley Scott and company to make a 'Blade Runner' sequel, it's happening no matter what. Ridley Scott already has his producers together trying to wrangle up the original writer to pen the sequel and now are looking to possibly bring Harrison Ford back into the mix. Ridley Scott likes to dream big.
Movies adapted off of literary works have been done practically everyday in Hollywood for many years. Sometimes the adaptations turn out to be worse that the written word, which never makes the author very happy. But ever once in awhile a movie will be made off their novel or short story that's so spectacular that they can't stop praising the film.