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Ridley Scott Talks 'Prometheus' & 'Blade Runner' Sequels; Reminds Audiences He Doesn't Understand Power Of Mystery

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 12, 2012 12:38 PM
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Ridley Scott is frustrating more than a few times over. The filmmaker, while well-respected and considered one of the greatest living directors in some corners of the world, he arguably has an impressive but uneven career (see our retrospective for that argument), and only a few unimpeachable touchstones to his name. "Alien" and "Blade Runner" are obviously two of them and having already fumbled pretty hard with his not-a-prequel "Alien" prequel "Prometheus," Scott is attempting to pull off a sequel to "Blade Runner."

Does 'Prometheus' Tie Into 'Blade Runner' Now Too?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2012 2:08 PM
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Is Ridley Scott becoming the new George Lucas in tearing down his legacy? No matter what you thought about "Prometheus" it has become clear that the movie isn't exactly a prequel to "Alien" so much as a prequel to the eventual sequel that will be the prequel to "Alien." Or something. But has Ridley Scott now decided to drag "Blade Runner" into his world building?

Must Watch Of The Day: Vintage Promotional Film For 'Blade Runner'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 5:15 PM
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Well this is certainly unexpected. Spurred on by an online discussion of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" and the critical response it was met with some thirty-years-ago this summer, someone unearthed YouTube footage of a promotional film that was produced by M.K. Productions prior to the movie's release (Digital Trends via Open Culture). The promotional film was exhibited at horror, fantasy, and science fiction conventions back when those groups were highly marginalized by the studio and mainstream press (unlike today...), so you can tell that they were either a) really thinking outside the box or b) trying to cover their asses and gain some ground in what would become a truly log-jammed summer season. The film is a fascinating time capsule.

Wake Up, Time To Die: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Blade Runner'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 25, 2012 12:02 PM
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One of the many reasons "Prometheus" was eagerly anticipated by so many was the director's track record in the sci-fi genre. Ridley Scott had only made two science fiction pictures before this year's blockbuster, and both are considered classics (and arguably his best two films). The first was 1979's "Alien," the direct inspiration for "Prometheus." And the second? 1982's "Blade Runner," the noirish mystery, and adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep," which has been one of the most talked about and influential science fiction films of all time, particularly in terms of its grim look at Los Angeles in 2019.

The Films Of Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 7, 2012 12:00 PM
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Ridley Scott is, in some circles anyhow, a god. Practically treated as royalty with laudatory genuflection from certain film enthusiasts — generally genre fetishists — he has turned in two unimpeachable cinema touchstones, "Blade Runner" and "Alien," plus a few other arguable modern semi-classics including "Black Hawk Down" and "Gladiator." But his track record overall? Scott's batting average isn't exactly amazing across the board, and while he has major peaks, his work can be frustratingly uneven for someone who is clearly and masterfully talented. While a craftsman of technically marvelous and grand spectacle cinema, his films can also be inordinately soulless and have become increasingly so with each film (Sigourney Weaver famously said that Scott paid more attention to the props and extraterrestrials than the actors on "Alien," but somehow that picture still worked).

Ridley Scott Says Harrison Ford Will Likely Appear In 'Blade Runner' Sequel, But Won't Be The Focus

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 27, 2012 10:40 AM
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It's a Ridley Scott-packed weekend. The filmmaker's secretive, kinda "Alien"-related film, "Prometheus," is right around the corner and the buzz and promotion are at an all time high. That film's star, Noomi Rapace, is on the cover of the New York Times magazine this weekend (with some spoilers along to boot), and as an extra added incentive to see the film in theaters (like you need one), Fox and The Weinstein Company evidently plan to put the trailer for Quentin Taratino's "Django Unchained" in front of it when it opens on June 8th. 

'Blade Runner' Follow-Up Officially A Sequel, Original Writer Hampton Fancher Developing Story With Ridley Scott

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 7:29 PM
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We pretty much covered this in the last couple of days, but it's possible we buried the lead a little, plus a press release is out, so it's now official: with "Prometheus" nearly upon us, Ridley Scott has started to seriously work towards his other sci-fi follow up, the continuation of "Blade Runner" that was originally announced last summer. A couple of details have been confirmed via a press release from Alcon Entertainment, among them that Scott is going right back to the well when it comes to nailing down the story for his new replicant-themed picture.

Ridley Scott Says ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel To Feature Female Protagonist + Kick-Ass New ‘Prometheus’ Poster

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2012 11:55 AM
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As the release of “Prometheus,” Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi movie in 30 years, quickly approaches, the journeyman director is opening up about his return to the genre, sharing details about his upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, and dropping hints about what he’s going to be working on with Angelina Jolie. Plus, a new international "Prometheus" poster has arrived that abandons much of the mystical approach of the previous posters and goes with something everyone can appreciate: spaceships blowing up.

Charlize Theron Was Originally Going To Play Noomi Rapace's Role In 'Prometheus,' And More On Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 8:59 AM
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We're now only a little over two weeks before "Prometheus," the much-anticipated sci-fi opus from Ridley Scott, set in the same universe as his solid gold classic "Alien," begins to roll out in theater: the film opens internationally on June 1st, before coming to the U.S. the following week. And as such, the publicity tour for the film is starting to gear up, with the films' stars, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, gracing magazine covers the world over.

Even Ridley Scott Doesn't Know If Harrison Ford Will Be In His New 'Blade Runner' Movie; 'Prometheus' Sequel Teased Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 4:45 PM
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First it was reported Harrison Ford was in talks for the brewing new "Blade Runner" movie, then that was shot down by the film's producer, but now, director Ridley Scott reveals he really has no idea at this point.

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