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IN THE WORKS: 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Blanchett-Wasikowska Lesbian Romance, Paltrow for Picasso & Dujardin's Next

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 18, 2012 at 6:23PM

Ridley Scott has an idea for a sequel to his classic 1982 film "Blade Runner," and the original's writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to put it into action on paper. Scott and Alcon Entertainment say only that the story would pick up "some years after the first film concluded."
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Picasso's "Guernica"
Picasso's "Guernica"

Ridley Scott has an idea for a sequel to his classic 1982 film "Blade Runner," and the original's writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to put it into action on paper. Scott and Alcon Entertainment say only that the story would pick up "some years after the first film concluded."

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are set to share screen time in an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1950s New York-set novel "The Price of Salt" -- adapted by Phyllis Nagy and to be directed by John Crowley. The novel, published in 1952, is now considered a pioneering work of lesbian romance - synopsis below:

Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by an erotic epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to stalk the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover.

Gwyneth Paltrow may join Antonio Banderas in "Guernica 33 Days." Banderas will star as Pablo Picasso in the Carlos Saura film, which follows the artist's emotional turmoil during the creation of the titular work and is set t shoot in France this fall. Paltrow is in talks to play his lover, the Spanish-speaking French photographer, Dora Maar.

"The Artist"'s Jean Dujardin will star with Tim Roth and Cecile de France ("The Kid with the Bike") in Eric Rochant's "Mobius." The film is set in the financial world and Roth will play a Russian oligarch accused of money laundering through his bank; Dujardin and France's roles are unknown, but the trio will shoot the film throughout Belgium, Luxenbourg, Ukraine, Russian and Monaco shortly.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.