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If you haven't already heard, the big news of the day came this morning when it was announced that Ridley Scott would be directing and producing a new Blade Runner film. While the word "reboot" was mentioned, there are still many questions about the new project. Will the film be a reboot or another story in the same world? Will Harrison Ford be involved? Who will be writing the script? When can we expect it to go into production? How did Scott become involved? Fortunately some of those questions have been answered by Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosove, whom the Los Angeles Times got in contact with after the news broke.
Starting with an explanation of the project's origins, Kosove said that while they did have some possible other options, they're main goal was to get Scott on board. While in the process of securing the rights a few months ago, the company contacted Scott Free, the studio started by Ridley and Tony Scott, for a sit-down meeting. During the discussion, the executives talked with the director about making a new film that wouldn't just look like all the other films that copied the original's style and decided "it should stand as separately as possible." Scott then agreed to take it on.
As for hiring a writer, Kosove says that's the next step. In a process that could take months, Scott and the producers will sit down with candidates to choose the right person for the job. Because of this, it's going to take a few years for the project to actually get into production. Kosove estimated that it will take 18 months to "hire a writer, get a script in working order under Scott's guidance, cast the film and move into production." This puts a start date somewhere in the year 2013, meaning that the movie won't be released until at least 2014 (Scott may use that development time to work on another project).
For those hoping that the movie would see Harrison Ford return as Rick Deckard , it might be best if you let that dream die. While Scott may have different ideas, Kosove said, "If you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting."
Keeping in mind what happened to the Alien prequel, it will be interesting to see how this project moves through development. Needless to say I won't be shocked this time when it's announced that the Blade Runner reboot has been turned into an original film called Atlas.