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August 16, 2011

The Future

Based on science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick’s Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep, the Ridley Scott-directed film Blade Runner, released in 1982 to a weak box office and poor reviews, went on to become a cult classic and influence the entire genre. The film’s undeniable aesthetic overshadowed everything that had come before it and was eventually selected for inclusion in the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. Now, after three decades on the shelf, Alcon Entertainment has acquired the rights to the film and plans on making more Bladerunners. The feeling that this all sounds vaguely gimmicky was put to rest with the announcement that Ridley Scott had signed on to direct the second film in the franchise. Scott is currently wrapping up post-production on the film Prometheus which takes place in the universe the director first explored in the 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. Details surrounding the project are scarce but the few images that surfaced depict a desolate, moon-like planet and subterranean tunnels with primitive hieroglyphics. With movies like American Gangster, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, along with Alien and Bladerunner in his filmography, any of his films is an event, but these two in particular, coming three decades into his career, reek of classics in the making.

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