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In the Works: Scott's 'Blade Runner' Sequel "happening," Affleck Returns to Lehane to 'Live by Night'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 12, 2012 at 1:15PM

Ridley Scott will be reportedly revisiting "Blade Runner," while Ben Affleck is in talks to return to Lehane material.
Ridley Scott

Following the May news that Ridley Scott had an idea for a "Blade Runner" sequel, and that the original's writer Hampton Fancer was in talks to pen the script, confirmation came October 11 that the film will happen. Scott said in interview: "It's not a rumor -- it's happening. With Harrison Ford? I don't know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6, so we don't know how long he can live."

-With Ben Affleck's likely Oscar contender "Argo" hitting theaters today, the actor-director is reportedly in talks to adapt, direct, produce and star in author Dennis Lehane's new novel "Live by Night." This would be Affleck's second outing with Lehane material, as his directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone" in 2007, was adapted from the crime novelist's book of the same title. Warner Bros. acquired rights to the new novel in April when it was as yet unpublished; the story revolves around a ne'er-do-well son of a police captain who becomes ensconced in organized crime during the Prohibition era.

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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.