Pour faire simple :
When “The Martian” wraps later this winter, Scott already has a fair idea what he’ll be doing next, though it likely won’t be the much-anticipated “Blade Runner” sequel he developed with the original film’s co-screenwriter, Hampton Fancher. “We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one,” says Scott, who adds that fans can expect to see Harrison Ford back in the saddle as the futuristic gumshoe Rick Deckard. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.” Per Scott, that Alcon Entertainment production should go before the cameras within the next year, but with someone else directing (he’ll produce).
Prometheus suite de Blade Runner ?
Dans les bonus de l’édition anglaise de Prometheus on peut découvrir ce texte écrit par le personnage de Peter Weyland (Guy pearce). Je souligne toutes les allusions à Eldon Tyrell, sa mégalomanie pyramidale et ses Répliquants.
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En fait le blu ray contient un supplément « Merging Ridleyverses » dans lequel on voit Ridley Scott jouer avec l’idée durant la pré-production.
Allant même jusqu’à envisager de faire apparaître des... Batty dans le film (dessin de Ben Proctor).
En pleine promotion de Prometheus, Ridley Scott en vient tout naturellement à évoquer le reste de sa filmographie ainsi que ses prochains projets, au nombre desquels nous pouvons compter Blade Runner 2 !
Par exemple dans une interview pour The Daily Beast, où il parle des personnages féminins forts dans ses films, il affirme :
Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.
LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 17, 2012—Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his Blade Runner collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick‘s groundbreaking novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, from which Blade Runner was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his “Blade Runner” success with the screenplays, The Mighty Quinn (1989) and The Minus Man (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.
Blade Runner 2 ? Non, bien sur je ne parle pas du roman de K. W. Jeter, mais bel et bien de ce qui vient d’être annoncé par Ridley Scott dans une interview récente pour le Wall Street Journal :
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 18, 2011—Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to his own ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” for Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment ( « The Blind Side, » « The Book of Eli » ).
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original.
Alcon and Yorkin recently announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “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.”
Scott is represented by David Wirtschafter at WME and David Nochinson at Ziffren Brittenham.
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, "Blade Runner" was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others.
In the year 2091 AD, a race of futuristic bounty hunters called "Blade Runners" are tasked with exterminating a deadly breed of lifelike robots known as "Replicoids." When Replicoid Cy Borg threatens to take over the entire internet using an advanced computer virus, Blade Runner Deckard 2.0 must stop him... or else all humanity may be destroyed!
Gaff: It's too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?
Deckard 2.0: [voiceover] It was then I learned I had been a Replicoid the entire time. I couldn't believe it! I thought I was a human being... but I was wrong... dead wrong.
Tout d'abord, John Glenn et moi-même avons été payés pour étudier les possibilités d'une suite et nous avons rédigé plusieurs pistes pour un Blade Runner 2, avec l'aide de Bud Yorkin. Mais nous ne sommes jamais passés à l'étape du scénario et il n'était pas prévu que cela devienne une affaire d'État. Travailler sur Blade Runner n'est pas une lubie, j'ai un contrat pour le prouver. Et comme John et moi avons été payés pour rédiger un scénario, je vais le faire en solo, avec ou sans la bénédiction de qui que ce soit. Que quelqu'un le lise ou s'en préoccupe, nous verrons bien.