Director signs on for new version
Ridley Scott is returning to “Blade Runner,” coming aboard to direct a new version of his landmark sci-fier.Alcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday that Scott’s attached, five months after it secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the 1982 future-noir thriller starring Harrison Ford. Scott will produce along with Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Bud and Cynthia Yorkin will also produce. Kosove told Variety that he and Johnson had always wanted Scott to be involved. “There’s really no one else who could do this as well,” Kosove added. Kosove said he and Johnson first met with Scott this spring on the London set of Scott’s sci-fi project “Prometheus.” He also said he’s hoping to be in production in 18 months. We’re at a very preliminary stage in discussing hiring a writer, and we’re still formulating strategy as to whether we’ll do a prequel or a sequel,” Kosove said. Alcon secured rights earlier this year from Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will exec produce. Alcon’s franchise rights are all-inclusive but exclude rights to remake the original. However, it may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original. In the original film Rutger Hauer played the leader of a group of escaped “replicants” — genetically engineered androids used for work on Earth’s off-world colonies — who are hiding out in 2019 Los Angeles. Harrison Ford’s character is a “blade runner,” a policeman who kills replicants when necessary. Scott is represented by WME and David Nochinson at Ziffren Brittenham.