Friday is the second ‘official’ day of each San Diego Comic Con, and it’s the day where things start to kick into gear. The SDCC organization and various film studios announced their Friday plans today, and there are some great things happening.

The best are at Sony’s panel in Hall H, where the studio will show off Rian Johnson‘s Looper (with Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in attendance) and debut the first footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium (with Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster showing up). Comic Con could be said to be Blomkamp’s first home, as that’s where his debut feature District 9 first got loads of attention, back in 2008.

This schedule also shows that television is taking a pole position this year, as Hall H has big presentations for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and there are big events for Firefly, Community, Breaking Bad, and many more shows.

There’s a lot more going on during the day, but hit the jump to get some highlights. Read More »

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Where the original Blade Runner was known for its neon urban landscapes, the Blade Runner sequel will take us all the way out into flat, dusty farm country — or so says Ridley Scott, while describing one scene he’s already visualized for his upcoming project. Also after the jump:

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We learned a few weeks ago that Ridley Scott‘s long-awaited Blade Runner sequel would feature a female protagonist, but what of the male protagonist from the first film, Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard? Back in February, rumors began flying that the star was in talks to appear, only for Alcon Entertainment to swiftly kill them a few days later. But Scott himself has refused to rule out Ford resurfacing in the new film, though he’s admitted that he wasn’t sure how exactly Ford would fit in.

Now the filmmaker is taking a firmer stance on Ford’s return in a new interview. However, as it doesn’t sound like negotiations are actually underway, it could still just be so much talk. Read Scott’s comments after the jump.

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With Ridley Scott starting to do real press for Prometheus, word has been bubbling up this week about Scott’s other return to sci-fi: a new Blade Runner film. We gave you a slight update earlier today, but now a press release has gone out that clarifies a couple specific details.

First up, while Scott waffled for some time about when this new film would take place with respect to the original Blade Runner, he eventually got around to saying it was most likely to be a sequel. Indeed, the official line is now that the new movie will be a sequel.

Additionally, the involvement of original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher is confirmed. (He’s also the man who was instrumental in the optioning of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which led to Blade Runner in the first place.)  But don’t take it as a given that he’s writing the new movie; the press release carefully says that he’s on board to “develop the idea for the original screenplay” for the new movie. Someone else could end up writing.

What will the new film be about? That we don’t know, but another comment from Scott suggests that a woman will be the central character. Read More »

After years away from sci-fi, director Ridley Scott is returning to the genre in a big way this summer with Prometheus, and he aims to stick around for a while. Scott already has hopes of working on Prometheus 2 sooner rather than later, and is currently in the middle of developing some kind of sequel to Blade Runner. Also after the jump:

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Since the news broke that Ridley Scott will direct the new film set in the world of Blade Runner, speculation about Harrison Ford‘s participation, or lack thereof, has been voiced every time the project comes up. Over the weekend there was a brief surge of Blade Runner interest as one report said that Ford was, indeed, in very early talks to take a role in the film.

Producers quickly shot down the Ford rumor, and now Ridley Scott has weighed in. Scott is putting into action the classic move of refusing to confirm or deny that Harrison Ford will have any part in whatever this new project turns out to be.

Oh, and Scott also wants to make Prometheus 2.

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I guess some film news is just too good to be true. Over the weekend, news broke that star Harrison Ford had entered early talks to appear in Ridley Scott‘s upcoming Blade Runner sequel, sparking widespread excitement even among fans who’d previously been wary of revisiting the sci-fi classic. However, Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove is now “adamantly denying” the story, saying that they haven’t even begun to think about casting yet. More after the jump.

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When news first broke that the rights to make future Blade Runner films had been purchased, everyone was worried. When it was later revealed Ridley Scott would likely direct the eventual film, worry turned to curiosity. And if this news ends up coming to fruition, I think fans can finally settle in for full blown excitement.

Twitchfilm is reporting that Harrison Ford, yes Deckard himself, is in “early talks” to appear in a new Blade Runner film. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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