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June 05, 2009


Ridley Scott announces a Blade Runner prequel web series.

On Thursday the film’s director, Ridley Scott, announced that a new division of his commercials company, RSA Films, was working on a video series called “Purefold.” The series of linked 5- to 10-minute shorts, aimed first at the Web and then perhaps television, will be set at a point in time before 2019, when the Harrison Ford movie takes place in a dystopian Los Angeles.

Don't get too excited: The production does not have the rights to the 1982 film or the PKD book upon which it is (loosely) based. It will instead be based on the themes explored by Blade Runner. So... not Blade Runner.

Which is just as well, actually. I would like to be able to watch one film from my childhood without feeling as though I am being molested by George Lucas.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 5, 2009 05:15 AM


I should like to point out that those who bitch about enhanced protection of intellectual property rights suppressing creativity are given the lie by this arrangement.

The statement of the concept does not in any way guarantee the quality of the project, and I submit that the restraints placed on Scott by the unavailability of the rights to the ur-source material actually aid in promoting his team's creativity.


Posted by: Mark Alger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 5, 2009 09:14 AM

In two or three years they'll remake Blade Runner.
It'll star John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and feature Clint Eastwood as "J.F. Sebastian."

"It's accelerated decrepitude, punk."

Posted by: harrison [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 5, 2009 11:40 PM

Poor Indy.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 7, 2009 06:13 PM

According to imdb, Deborah Harry was the original choice for Pris, the android role that later went to Daryl Hannah

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2009 12:15 PM