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Ridley Scott to Direct New 'Blade Runner' Movie

| by Michael Allen

Almost 30 years after making the sci-fi cult classic Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott has agreed to direct a new installment. The new Blade Runner, produced by Alcon Entertainment, will not be a remake, but either a follow-up or a prequel to the original. Scott has yet to decide which version to film.

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

No casting decisions have been made as of yet, and no release date has been fixed. No word if Harrison Ford will make an appearance.

The original Blade Runner starred Ford as a police officer forced out of retirement to hunt for humanoid robots in Los Angeles (set in 2019). The film was released in 1982 and originally opened to disappointing numbers, but over time it became a cult classic.

Released three years after his hit film Alien, the original Blade Runner established Scott as a major talent in the science-fiction genre.  More recently, the 73-year-old Scott directed  Prometheus with Charlize Theron, which will come out in 2012.