2012 is proving to be a wet dream for genre fans: The Avengers, The Hobbit and most certainly the return of Ridley Scott to fantastical filmmaking. For some back story please follow this link:
Alien: Prometheus trailer whets fanboy anticipation
As director Scott finalizes his update on the original Alien film that brought him genre acclaim, Prometheus (due out June 8th, 2012), there is considerable gnashing of teeth for his next return to earlier glories.
The 74 year old director Scott cut his teeth on 80’s cult Sci-Fi / Fantasy films: Alien, Blade Runner, Legend – done back to back. Many Michiana film fans believe that Scott is the greatest living genre filmmaker. As if to prove this to fans, the beloved director will be returning to his other fantasized film, Blade Runner for an update, sequel or something completely different?
The Speakeasy blog revealed that Scott said he is on board to direct a “Blade Runner” follow-up and has been interviewing writers who can help him with the screenplay. Scott says the new project is “liable to be a sequel. I think I’m close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver,” Scott says, “we’re quite a long way in, actually.” Scott says the new “Blade Runner” project is moving ahead “not with the past cast, of course.” No Deckard? “No, not really,” he says.
Although Blade Runner is now rightly considered a noir classic, at the time it went unappreciated. The boxoffice for the 1982 film was an underwhelming $27 million, quite a disappointment considering it cost $28 million (plus prints and advertising) to make. The film generated a considerable geek movement, as well as influence other film projects (Terry Gilliam’s Brazil comes instantly to mind). A serialization was offered to source material author Philip K. Dick to be released jointly with the film, which he dismissed forcing the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep to be reissued with the film’s title emblazoned upon it. Sequels followed in the 90’s, written by PKD friend K.W. Jeter. Blade Runner 2, 3 and 4 were followed by a series of comics published by Boom! Studios more recently in 2009.
Scott alludes to departing from the prior film’s characters which may distress fans but in actuality would perhaps bring a this new film closer to the original source material. As typical of adaptation (esp of PKD’s work), only a small portion of the source material is used for the film to extrapolate from. Therefore a return to said material stands to yield a wealth of material heretofore unseen, cinematically. The same could be said for Prometheus, which revisits Alien territory, but in a different, perhaps more intelligent viewpoint.
Michiana Ridley Scott fans can revisit their favorites by visiting their local Barnes & Noble store, or their local St. Joseph County Public Library or Mishawaka Public Library where both literary and filmed versions of Scott and Philip K. Dick’s classics await.