Ridley Scott has committed himself to direct and produce a new Blade Runner movie for Warner Bros. and Alcon Productions. We reported back in March that Warner Bros. is looking to make both an unknown number of prequels and sequels to this sci-fi classic, and it isn't known which one Ridley Scott will tackle first.
The director will start on this new Blade Runner after he finishes work on Prometheus, which is slated for release on June 8, 2012. The new Blade Runner project does not have a writer attached at this point, and it isn't known if Harrison Ford will return to portray Richard Deckard.
Blade Runner was released theatrically in 1982 and, although it wasn't a blockbuster, grossing just $32 million, the movie gained a massive following in the years that followed. The movie centered on Harrison Ford's Richard Deckard, a blade runner who is tasked with finding and eliminating "replicants," robots who easily pass as humans. He ends up falling for one of the replicants and struggles with the decision of whether or not to destroy her. The movie was adapted from the Philip K. Dick short story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"