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Tread carefully you fuckers, this is now connected with one of the greatest films ever made. Would rather it was called something else, like Prometheus for example, rather than Blade Runner.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/may/16/blade-runner-sequel-harrison-ford-invite-ridley-scott

Producers of a planned sequel to the iconic sci-fi movie Blade Runner have taken the highly unusual step of publicly offering the lead role to its original star, Harrison Ford.

Alcon Entertainment, which has already convinced Ridley Scott to return for a followup to his futuristic 1982 tale, issued a statement on Thursday extolling the virtues of its proposed follow up. The sequel will be written by Blade Runner's original architect Hampton Fancher, with Michael Green, the screenwriter of the poorly received Green Lantern movie from 2011.

"We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time," said producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove in their joint statement. "We would be honoured, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."

Alcon's move could be a last-gasp effort to convince the 71-year-old Ford that he should return to one of his best known roles, or simply an acknowledgment that the project faces commercial and critical purgatory without its best known asset. Scott had already shown himself to be willing to return to previously trodden sci-fi territory with 2012's Prometheus, a pseudo prequel to his classic space slasher Alien from 1979. Meanwhile Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Based on the 1968 Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner was not an instant hit at the time but has gathered plaudits during the years since. Set in an overpopulated future Los Angeles that never sees the sunlight, Scott's movie is about a "blade runner" called Deckard, played by Ford, who has to hunt down a gang of android outlaws (replicants) who have escaped to Earth from an off-world colony.

Negative criticism of the film was largely reversed with the arrival in 1992 of Scott's director's cut, which excised the original's voiceover and a pegged-on happy ending. Dick never wrote a sequel to the book, and three followup novels by his friend KW Jeter were poorly received. The new film's writers will therefore most likely be working to produce an original story.

Alcon had earlier suggested that Ford's return for the sequel was unlikely. Apart from anything else, it would undercut the original film's central tantalising question – of whetherDeckard himself is a replicant – because the bioengineered humanoids do not live for more than a few years.

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I may be one of, well, no-one, who actually thought Prometheus was brilliant, and as-good as the orignal Alien.

But there was a lot of scope there. Not sure if this one will have much of scope outside of its original premise.

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A whole film about Deckards jealousy over his neighbours animals and his obsession with a catalogue featuring replicant horses?

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YES!

no, wait, the other one...

MAYBE!

Seriously though, I read the sequel book and it was poor so the hope for this would be low irrespective of what they're basing it on.

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There's a whole side of the original novel that was never explored in the first film. They could adapt the book again and do it a completely different way and rename the main character. Mountibank lead codpieces ftw.

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I may be one of, well, no-one, who actually thought Prometheus was brilliant, and as-good as the orignal Alien.

But there was a lot of scope there. Not sure if this one will have much of scope outside of its original premise.

So much wrong.

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The story will be based on Beowulf and will feature Rick Deckard getting himself into an ever more elaborate series of hilarious situations with his best friends as they try to avoid a stern telling off from Roy Batty's mother, played by the late Kathy Staff..

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Blimey. Rutger Hauer should have just let him fall off the roof at the end of the first one. He would have then changed his final monologue direct to camera.

"You people wouldn't believe the things I've seen. A man surviving a nuclear explosion in a fridge. Shia LeBoeuf, Tarzaning through the trees... All these moments will be stopped, from happening, like tears from fans... Time to die..."

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FACKIN HOLLYWOOD.

Remakes upon remakes upon remakes. If it's not a remake it's' a sequel, if it's not a sequel it's a prequel, if it's not a prequel it's a spin-off, etc, etc. How about some fackin original properties for once?

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