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OTRC: Ridley Scott set to direct new 'Blade Runner' film, report says

Ridley Scott has signed on to direct and produce a new installment of "Blade Runner," Deadline.com.

The director, who helmed the original 1982 film starring Harrison Ford, will team up with Alcom Entertainment, who bought the rights to the film back in March.

At this point it is unclear if the film will be a prequel or sequel to the original "Blade Runner" and if Harrison Ford will have any involvement on the project.

The film, which starred Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, has become a cult classic. It was based on the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and in 1993 was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The plot is set in a future where genetically engineered robots called replicants, which are look like humans, are used for dangerous work on Earth's off-planet colonies. The replicants rebel and return to Earth where they were hunted by cops called blade runners. The story centers on Ford's character, Rick Dekard, a former blade runner who gets pulled back on duty to track down six replicatins in 2019 Los Angeles.

Alcon Entertainment is the production company behind "The Blind Side" and "The Book of Eli." At the time the company purchased the rights to "Blade Runner," the company's CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement, "We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multiplatform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium."

Scott recently revisited another one of his classic science fiction films with the upcoming release of "Prometheus." That film, which stars Charlize Theron, original started out with Scott intending to write a prequel to "Alien."

Former 'Lost' executive producer Damon Lindelof signed on to write the film and the project evolved to be an entirely different concept under the "Alien" franchise. Scott directed the film, which is set for release in 3D on June 8, 2012.

'Lindelof talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 21. He said, "If you like the original 'Alien' movie, this is going to feel that it is of that world but you have no idea what to expect. "

"If there was a sequel to 'Prometheus,' it would not be the original 'Alien,'" Lindelof said. "This one ends not where the original 'Alien' begins. It ends in a completely unpredictable way and if you were to continue that story, it would not be the original 'Alien.' It would be another movie entirely."

Check out our interview with Lindelof below.


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