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Blade Runner Will Be Remade

PTI 19 Aug 2011, 11:38:43 IST

Los Angeles, Aug 19: Sir Ridley Scott, the British film director, is going to make a new version of his 1982 seminal science fiction thriller 'Blade Runner', The Telegraph, London reported.

The classic filmĀ  set in 2019 Los Angeles, starred Harrison Ford as a police officer hunting genetically engineered robots called replicants. Its vision of a dystopian future was influential on many later films.

It was unclear whether the new film would be a sequel or a prequel, the entertainment industry website Deadline reported.

Also unclear was whether Ford would have any involvement. The new film would not be expected to begin shooting until 2013 and be in cinemas in 2014.

Producer Andrew Kosove told the Los Angeles Times: "Everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that's wholly original from the first Blade Runner." Mr Kosove suggested that everything in the film would be "fresh," indicating that Ford may not reprise his role as disillusioned retired LAPD officer Rick Deckard.

The original film cost $28 million to make and failed to become a blockbuster, grossing only $32 million. It also divided critics but later became a cult classic.