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Ridley Scott Revisiting Blade Runner, Yes; Tony Scott Remaking Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch, No!

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 19, 2011 at 4:57AM

It's one thing for Ridley Scott to revisit Blade Runner from the ground up--he hasn't even started a script yet. Even if Scott didn't write the original Philip K. Dick story or the brilliant script by David Peoples (who also wrote Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven), his vision is all over that movie. I can't wait to see what he does with it.
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It's one thing for Ridley Scott to revisit Blade Runner from the ground up--he hasn't even started a script yet. Even if Scott didn't write the original Philip K. Dick story or the brilliant script by David Peoples (who also wrote Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven), his vision is all over that movie. I can't wait to see what he does with it.

But it's another for his brother Tony (Unstoppable) to remake the Sam Peckinpah 1969 classic The Wild Bunch. The man is in the ground and this ground is sacred. No, please no! It's four decades since the first release of Peckinpah's iconic western set in 1913 Texas starring William Holden, Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine. See trailer below.

At the same time, Scott has made plans to direct a Hell's Angels film. His plans are contingent on Jeff Bridges starring as the infamous gang leader, Sonny Barger, though it seems that Bridges' plate might be filled with other projects. Scott's got a lot going on as well; he's reportedly working on a reboot of his 1986 blockbuster Top Gun plus possible remakes of Potzdamer Platz and John Grisham's The Associate. Let him do those and leave the best western ever made alone.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Career Watch, Western, Jeff Bridges


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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.