Saturday, May 27, 2006

C-Beams Glitter in the Dark near the Tanhauser Gate

Fans are hoping to see 'Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion' when Warners issues their 2007 theatrical release of Sir Ridley "Alien" Scott's Blade Runner, promised to be the director's absolute 'final cut'.

In 1982, when director Scott ran overbudget on Blade Runner, based on author Philip K. Dick's sci-fi classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, completion bond guarantors took control of the film and made substantial changes, including a voice-over from star Harrison Ford, and adding a 'happy' ending.

That version was replaced in 1992, by Scott's 'rushed' directors cut.

Scott began work on a more definitive version in 2000, but that effort was shelved after Warners failed to come to terms with producer Jerry Perenchio.

Now that Warners have settled all rights issues, Blade Runner: Final Cut will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th anniversary theatrical run.