Check out the First Footage From Blade Runner 2049!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

 

When news broke that after many years of conversation Blade Runner 2049 was officially a go I was against it. Blade Runner ranks among my favorite films of all time. Part of what makes that film so special for me was the ambiguity of its ending. My kneejerk reaction was to shut down the prospect of a sequel, because it would undo everything I love about the original film. Harrison Ford was going to be back so it would have to demystify everything I loved about the world of Blade Runner. Blade Runner 2049 would have to definitively tell you if Deckard was a replicant, right?

What if it didn’t?

I started thinking about how you bring Harrison Ford back to futuristic Los Angeles without messing up what made Ridley Scott’s film a flawed masterpiece. Then it occurred to me. The best way to approach Harrison Ford’s character in Blade Runner 2049 is to make him a replicant.

“But Jay, I thought you just said you liked the ambiguity of the original film.”

I did. But follow along…

The best way to handle the character of Rick Deckard in Blade Runner is to leave that character in the first film. His story ends when those elevator doors shut. What happened after that? Who knows? Was he a replicant? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s whatever you want it to be.

The character Harrison Ford plays in BR 2049 should be a replicant. It preserves the character established in the first film. If you thought he was a replicant and Gaff knew his dreams, he can be a replicant. If you believe he was a human who ran off with an android that he fell in love with, he did. Our Harrison Ford in BR 2049 can be a whole different character. He can be a replicant based on the human Blade Runner we met in the original film. Or maybe he’s another replicant in a long line of Deckard replicants. Pretty cool, right? The important part is this film doesn’t need to answer the questions that the first film asked viewers to answer for themselves.

Deckard the replicant could also open up a very cool plot for BR 2049. Imagine a world where Harrison Ford is the “skin job” on the run, with Ryan Gosling tasked to retire him? That idea makes me positively giddy. Maybe Deckard 2.0 is a replicant who has a human’s lifespan. This is the future, after all.

After coming to the realization that Blade Runner 2 doesn’t  have to ruin what I loved about Blade Runner I am REALLY excited to see what story Villeneuve plans to tell in BR 2049.

Granted this trailer doesn’t tell us much, but I fear they may have gone a little two dimensional with the approach, especially based off of the synopsis released above. It frankly sounds like the plot of The Force Awakens with mixed with the plot to Total Recall (another film based on a Philip K. Dick story). I have ridiculous expectations for this film, my love of Blade Runner rivals my love of Star Wars. I’m really hoping Villeneuve is able to make something really special that stands up proudly next to Ridley Scott’s original film. He’s been knocking everything out of the park for the past few years. If anyone can make worthy sequel it’s him. (If you haven’t already seen it, get out there and see Arrival)

Blade Runner 2049 is set to open 10.6.17

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Spielberg Favorite David Koepp Writing ‘Indiana Jones 5’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Fans have split into two camps over the announcement of Indiana Jones 5 – they either really love the idea or really hate the idea. And the announcement of who is set to write it isn’t helping matters either.

David Koepp, a Steven Speilberg stalwart, has been tapped to write the next adventure of the septuagenarian (or will it be octogenarian) archaeologist.

It is currently unknown if Koepp will be working from scratch or off an existing treatment. There have been numerous ideas floated around over the years so it could be something we’ve already heard about or it could be a brand new story concept.

Koepp is known for writing some pretty decent films. His name has been attached to things like Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, Toy Soldiers and Death Becomes Her. But he’s also had his hands on some stinkers like Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and Angels & Demons.

The jury is still out on this one. I’m on the fence right now as well. I’ll keep an open mind until I hear story points or an early draft leaks somehow. When that happens you can bet all the writers here at IR will voice their opinion.

Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford Reunite for Indiana Jones 5 in 2019!

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We all knew it would be happening at some point, but today Disney made it official after a couple years of speculation… Harrison Ford will be back to play Indiana Jones for director Steven Spielberg once more! Not only that but the as-of-yet untitled film has a release date:

July 19th 2019!

I’m so glad that everything worked out and that it will be Ford and not Bradley Cooper or Chris Pratt or someone else taking up the fedora and bullwhip. There really only is one Indiana Jones.

One thing I’m concerned with is his age, I’m not opposed with seeing old Indy in any way, rather I’m more concerned about what decade this will put him in. That character exists in a certain time, taking him out of that time would frankly be weird to me. I’d honestly be OK with him being as old as he is but existing in the same decade, like a bizarro version of The Simpsons.

Press Release:

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office.

Blade Runner 2 Coming in 2018

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Fans were divided when they heard a sequel to Ridley Scott’s futuristic noir classic Blade Runner was in the works. But whether you love the idea or loathe its existence, one thing is now certain – we know when we’ll be seeing it hit theaters.

Warner Bros dropped a press release today that set an official release date. We can expect to see the next installment on January 12, 2018.

Typically the opening months of the New Year are dumping grounds for films that studios have no faith in. But maybe WB are doing a bit of strategic planning. Instead of putting it up against a slew of other summer blockbusters and tent pole films, the studio feels like it can have an uncontested hit early in the year.

Coming from Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriters Hampton Fancher (the original film) and Michael Green (Green Lantern), the only thing we know about the plot is that it will be set several decades after the first movie (which itself took place in 2019).

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford have been confirmed to star, but Gosling’s role has yet to be defined.

Whoever (or whatever) the character may be, I know that droves of fans will turn out to either sing the praises of the sequel or bury it six feet under.

The official press release came out as follows:

Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER, to star Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford (reprising his role as Rick Deckard), and to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sciario, Prisoners), will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on January 12, 2018, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.

The story, written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott, takes up several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July, 2016. Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.

Ridley Scott will serve as Executive Producer. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will also serve as executive producers along with Bill Carraro (“Terminator Genisys,”The Golden Compass”).

Spielberg Will NOT Recast Indiana Jones, Says it’s Harrison Ford or Nothing!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

A lot of people got excited earlier this year when it got rumored that Disney was going to reboot the Indiana Jones franchise and were looking at Chris Pratt to don the fedora and wield the whip. Pratt has proven himself these last few years as having spot-on comedic timing and a bad-ass presence as an action hero.

Unfortunately, Steven Spielberg just dashed those hopes, as he said that if and when he starts the fifth installment it will star Harrison Ford as Dr. Jones. When the director spoke with Screen Daily he explained why Ford will always be his choice for the globe-trotting adventurer:

I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.

Even though Spielberg is batting .750 for the franchise at the moment, the last thing people remember is the god-awful Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. After that one, even the most ardent fan of Indiana Jones has to look at the facts and say that maybe the 73-year-old Harrison Ford should pass the torch (just not to Shia LeBeouf). But Spielberg says that he has more gas in the tank:

Because there are more adventures out there than films. So as long as there’s more adventures out there, I’ve got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done.

Even Harrison Ford got into the action while talking to The Guardian promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director what’s not to like?

I’m honestly ok with them eventually re-casting the role. Disney didn’t buy the rights just to sit on them forever. I have no doubt there will be a fifth film starring Ford, but I can’t imagine there will be a sixth. When Ford is finally done with the character, Disney will probably get aggressive, perhaps like they have been with Star Wars. Ford was already seriously injured when he reprised the role of Han Solo for TFA. Just imagine what could happen when he’s asked to perform even more stunts in an Indiana Jones film.

Eventually this series will get rebooted and remade, but for now if there is going to be another Indiana Jones film and Steven Spielberg is behind the camera we know Harrison Ford will be in front of it.

Indiana Jones Will NOT be Recast!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Once Disney acquired Lucasfilm and got the Star Wars franchise back on track, fans started to wonder if the House of Mouse would turn its attention to the other major franchise – namely the one involving a certain whip-wielding, fedora wearing archaeologist.

One of the biggest rumors to hit the internet was that Chris Pratt would take over for Harrison Ford in a reboot of the Indiana Jones series, but those rumors were quickly shot down by the actor himself. So the question on the tongues of fans all over is just who will get to play Indiana Jones?

Well, if producer Frank Marshall is to be believed the only man who will play Dr. Jones will be Harrison Ford.

Speaking to Total Film (by way of Den Of Geek) the producer set everyone straight on why Ford IS Indy:

There are a lot of rumors. We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton. [But we are] not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.

So the new actor will work with Indiana Jones in some capacity? Or will we see Harrison Ford swinging over ravines and outrunning boulders until he breaks a hip? And how can you technically call it Indiana Jones if Indiana Jones isn’t the main character?

It’s always an uphill battle when rebooting a series. Fans of the original will gnash their teeth and raise holy hell until they see that the newer version isn’t that bad. But this just sounds like a grumpy old man who doesn’t like change.

Nothing regarding an official reboot has come from the Disney camp just yet, so the company may just be waiting until they figure everything out before making any announcements. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more on this.

Spielberg + Ford = Indy 5??

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Anytime Steven Spielberg mentions anything Indiana Jones, the internet tends to blow up. And this is no exception.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies while promoting his newest film Bridge Of Spies, Spielberg dropped a nonchalant line about what his next project could be:

Now, I’ll probably do an Indy 5 with Harrison, so then it’ll be five for Harrison, four for Tom.

(He’s speaking of doing four films with Harrison Ford in the past and Bridge Of Spies marking his fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks.)

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, fans have been clamoring for another Indiana Jones film. Actors like Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine and Chris Pratt have been bandied about and rumored to be in talks to don the sacred fedora. Frank Darabont was even rumored to have written a treatment for the next film.

While nothing official has come from the House of Mouse yet regarding this, the fact that Spielberg is mentioning it could put some merit behind it. The director’s next project is the upcoming Ready Player One, which is currently in the casting and pre-production stage. After that though, the schedule is wide open for the director.

Or could the fan favorite director just be pulling all our collective legs to get a rise out of the internet and see what kind of a shitstorm he can stir up?

Another question is do we really want to see Harrison Ford come back to the fold for another Indiana Jones film at this stage in his life? With the injuries sustained by the actor reprising his Han Solo role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, would Disney and Lucasfilm take the chance with the actor? Of course they would and of course we do! Perhaps with the caveat that he would he pass the torch (and whip) to another young adventurer.

As soon as anything clarifying the situation gets reported, we’ll have an update right here.

First Image of Domhnall Gleeson in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as Well as Han Solo Piloting the Falcon!

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by: Jay Carlson

Boy, It really is a Force Friday! First some new looks at Greg Grunberg and others in The Force Awakens and now Making Star Wars has released a couple of images that appear to be pulled directly from the film’s footage.

They’re interesting looks at what we might expect in the film. Now, We just need to see some other shots of Luke and the rest.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

‘Blade Runner 2’ Nabs Cinematographer Roger Deakins!

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

When the Blade Runner sequel was announced, the fanbase was more than a little apprehensive. Sure Harrison Ford was slated to reprise his role as Rick Deckard, but that wasn’t enough. The news of Ryan Gosling being added to the cast was met with general apathy. Director Denis Villeneuve definitely has his work cut out for him.

His work may have just gotten a little easier. Announced at Cannes, cinematographer Roger Deakins has signed on to shoot the film.

He has his work cut out for him, as Jordan Cronenweth’s captured some of the most breathtaking shots in sci-fi history. If anyone can come close to matching Cronenweth though it could be Deakins. There’s no contesting that Deakins has an amazing eye, in particular I love the work he’s done over the years with the Coen brothers.

Deakins has a dozen Academy Award nominations under his belt, but unfortunately he’s never taken Oscar home with him. The press release had this to say in part:

Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to BLADE RUNNER, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson…

…Deakins received his latest Academy Award nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes Skyfall.

Film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard…

…Kosove and Johnson state: “Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to BLADE RUNNER to the big screen.”…

This will be the third film Villeneuve and Deakins have shot together. The duo previously on Prisoners and the Cannes-premiered drama Sicario, which is in competition at the film festival.

Could this be the film that finally brings Oscar gold to Deakins’ mantle?

Warner Bros to Bring Back ‘The Fugitive’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It looks like Dr. Richard Kimble is going to have to prove his innocence all over again.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros is looking to reboot The Fugitive for the big screen.

The original TV series ran for four seasons starting in 1963. It followed Dr. Richard Kimble, a man wrongly convicted of killing his wife. On his way to prison his train derails and he escapes. Now on the run, Kimble searches for the real killer: a one-armed man.

The WB brought the TV show to the big screen in 1993 starring Harrison Ford as Kimble and Tommy US MarshalsLee Jones as US Marshall Samuel Gerard. The film is considered one of the greatest adaptations in film history. It netted four Oscar nods and gave Jones a win in the Best Supporting Actor category. Due to the film’s success it spawned the Jones led kinda-sequel, U.S. Marshals.

Christina Hodson has been tapped to write the upcoming film, which is being eyed for a 2016 production start.

No director or actors have been rumored to be attached to the project at this time.

Ryan Gosling Cast in ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The sequel to Blade Runner is gaining some major steam as it moves closer to its summer 2016 principal photography start. You may have missed it, what with the new Star Wars trailer debuting today, but Harrison Ford will have a new co-star when he returns as Rick Deckard. The Blade Runner 2 producers announced that Ryan Gosling is joining the project.

The original film, directed by Ridley Scott, centered on a dystopian future set in 2019 Los Angeles. The sequel will take place several decades after the events of the 1982 classic.

Original director Ridley Scott will handle the executive producing duties this time around, handing the reins over to Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve. The script will come from original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.

Right now almost everything else is being kept under wraps. That includes plot details and who exactly Gosling will be playing playing.

I’m not too sure how to judge this. Many fans are already crying foul play, saying a sequel is sacrilege. Gosling has his pick of whatever project he wants though, so he must see something of note in this movie. It’s tough to say at this point in time, especially not knowing any real details. For now, I’m intrigued.

NOOO…’Blade Runner 2′ Director Picked and Harrison Ford Confirmed to Return!

by: Jay Carlson

I really was holding out hope that it would never get this far.

Blade Runner is easily one of my all-time favorite films. It’s a rare film that’s only improved over the thirty plus years since its release. It’s a film that I genuinely love, I have nearly every release of the film on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray. I even have a wall in my home devoted to art inspired by the film.

Ever since the announcement that Alcon was planning a sequel to Blade Runner I hoped for something to happen to stop it, be it natural disaster, death, the apocalypse, I didn’t care as long as it didn’t move forward. It didn’t matter that Ridley Scott or that original writer Hampton Fancher came onboard or the possibility that Harrison Ford was considering a return. I loved the ambiguity of the ending of Blade Runner, so ANY sequel automatically undermines what made the film so great.

Today it was announced that Harrison Ford will indeed be returning to play Rick Deckard once more and that original director Ridley Scott will step aside so that Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve can helm.

Villeneuve is a fine director, maybe even an inspired, unconventional choice for a sci-fi film but I do NOT want a Blade Runner 2.

What are your thoughts? Before voicing your opinion you have to tell me your favorite version of the film and why?

More Indiana Jones Films are on Their Way! But Probably not for a While…

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by: Jay Carlson

Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm has focused solely on the Star Wars Franchise, thus far. Who can blame them? The Star Wars franchise will enable Disney to print money for years to come. But part of that deal also gave Disney the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise as well. Talk of new Indiana Jones films has been relatively quiet thus far. But don’t make the mistake of thinking they aren’t planning new adventures for Indy.

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently told Variety “We’d love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we’re pacing ourselves right now.”

Presumably, this means that they want to get Star Wars cranking out money and then they’ll look to Indiana Jones.

BUT Ford is now 72 and, if you’ll recall, was extremely reticent about slipping back into the Fedora and bullwhip back in 2008 for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I can’t imagine he’d be into doing it now, six years later (Plus however many more it will take to ramp up a production).

Perhaps we’ll get Ford in a leatherbacked chair by a fire reading memoirs of his younger days, flashing back to Chris Pratt as a young Indy…

Obviously, I’m kidding, but I’d love to see Pratt take on Indiana Jones. I think he’d be able to do the role justice in a way few could.

Who else would be psyched for more adventures with Indiana Jones?

 

Harrison Ford Says ‘Blade Runner 2’ is the Best Thing he’s Ever Read?!

by: Jay Carlson

Am I wrong in assuming that Harrison Ford doesn’t actually read scripts? I mean, is it really possible that the Blade Runner 2 script, written by Ridley Scott and original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher, is not only good, but the best thing Harrison Ford has ever read?

According to Ridley Scott, that is exactly what Harrison Ford has stated after reading the most recent draft of the script. In an interview with MTV, Scott says:

“I sent him [the script] and he said ‘wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read.’ It’s very relevant to what happened [in] the first one. I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects, because you can’t really. [With] Blade Runner we kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”

I’m remaining a bit skeptical on this quote since we have yet to hear it directly from Harrison Ford himself. And, frankly, I really don’t know that I’d believe it even if I did.

Is it possible that Scott could really make a worthy sequel to Blade Runner? I LOATHE the idea of a follow-up film. I fully acknowledge that I’m coming at this from an emotional level and not an analytical. Depending on the day, Blade Runner is my favorite film of all time. On its worst day it’s top five. I think that all a sequel would accomplish is to undermine everything that made the original film so great.

Could Blade Runner 2 be more than just a cash grab? Could Ridley Scott make a film worthy of standing alongside his original film? At this point we’re not even sure he’s going to be the guy in the director’s chair. Depending on the day, he might direct ot he might not.

I’m dubious about a sequel to Blade Runner, regardless of whether or not Scott is directing. What about you?

 

‘Blade Runner 2’ to Shoot in 2015 – Ridley Scott NOT Directing

by: Marcus Rivera

Ridley Scott recently gave an interview & revealed that the sequel to Blade Runner will start shooting next year, but confirmed that it will NOT be his next project (Prometheus 2 is rumoured for a 2016 release). Instead, he will only produce the movie as another director is being looked for. He did confirm that the director currently in talks would be liked by fans of the original.

This is obviously an unexpected twist, and the majority of fans of the 1982 sci-fi classic were only on board with a follow-up being made because of the involvement of both Scott and star Harrison Ford. Scott also stated while Ford’s Decker will be back it won’t be as Blade Runner 2’s lead. “We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one,” Scott said in regards to breaking the story with Hampton Fancher.

“Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act,” he revealed. It seems from that statement that we will have a new lead for Blade Runner 2, sound off on who you feel could carry this new chapter of the Blade Runner saga.

Some New Looks at the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Filming!

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20 Minutes, a Spanish website, has posted some pics from a Spanish film site earlier showing some much closer and clearer shots of some of the vehicles that have been spotted while Episode VII shoots at their Greenham Common set.

It looks like these images may have been captured earlier than the others judging by how little of the falcon has been built.

What do you think? I’m itching to get a clear look at that Black X-Wing.

UPDATED With Drone Video! Some Additional Shots of That Star Wars: Episode VII Area Where They are Currently Filming

UPDATE 2: Now with 100% more drone footage!

UPDATE: an additional pic surfaced on Twitter
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I love how this all looks. Individual bays for those X-Wing. I can imagine the characters walking around in this world.
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A Google search of the area where Star Wars: Episode VII is shooting at Greenham Airbase in the UK have yielded some great images. Most of them are courtesy of Photographer John Kippin. Take a look at them all HERE. Below you’ll find some nice representations. The area definitely looks like a perfect place for some Star Wars action?

 

The aerial shot below was taken by Airborne Aviation, a flying school out of Popham Airfield.

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A New Shot of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing from Star Wars: Episode VII

UPDATE: Below is also some drone video footage of the shoot as well. Check out the other post with even more pictures of the area that they’re shooting in HERE

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Looks like rumors of JJ and team shooting at Greenham Airbase in the UK are true. The aerial shot below was taken by Airborne Aviation, a flying school out of Popham Airfield.

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The always diligent Jason Ward over at Making Star Wars broke the pic and also shared as an image of the area Pre-Star Wars: Episode VII.

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It certainly looks like they’re utilizing the missile silos as hangar doors.

What do you think? Half a Falcon gets me very excited! Share your thoughts below.

Jay Hates the Thought of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2

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by: Jay P. Carlson

In a new interview with EW Ridley Scott dropped a bit of news about his three upcoming projects, The Martian (starring Matt Damon), Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. All three projects have completed screenplays and are ready to go.  Scott had the following to say about Blade Runner 2:

It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident. [That being Ford’s Star Wars injury.] So yes, that will happen.

Depending on the day, I count Blade Runner as, perhaps, my favorite film of all time. It’s certainly top three. Some of the plot is a bit confusing, bordering on not making sense and the pacing feels way off at certain points. The film is not a masterpiece, but it’s a masterpiece to me, warts and all. I love it a little more each time I see it. And I’ve seen it a lot.

That said, I am absolutely opposed to the prospect of a Blade Runner sequel. It scares the shit out of me, honestly.

In speaking with other Blade Runner fans, I have yet to find someone who is honestly excited at the prospect of a sequel. That leads me to ask the obvious question, who exactly is this film for? If the die-hard fans aren’t excited at the prospect of a sequel, then why make it? It’s obvious that Blade Runner has a devoted fan base who have supported the film all these years, seeing the various incarnations in theaters, and buying all those home video releases. I can’t lie and say that I won’t be there on Blade Runner 2‘s opening weekend. But, make no mistake, it’s not because I’m so excited to see the further adventures of Rick Deckard. No. I’ll be there to assess how much damage it does to the original film. That’s where this film is going to make it’s money, from all of us fans rubbernecking to see if the accident is as bad as we expect it will be once they get to the front of the line.

The way I see it there are a couple possible scenarios for Blade Runner 2

The film comes out and is hailed as a masterpiece of sight, sound and storytelling. It instantly becomes the high water mark of what a sci-fi film should strive to achieve visually and inspires filmmakers for the next thirty years and beyond.

… Does anyone think this is likely, or possible, for that matter?

I certainly don’t. I think it’s far more likely that the sequel won’t even come close to living up to the original and it’s very existence will do irreparable damage to it. Its simple existence damages the ambiguity of the first film. Aside from the dazzling visuals, what made Blade Runner so great was that it treated the viewers as intelligent adults and didn’t spoon-feed all the answers. It was a film that challenged its viewers to think.

Out of respect for the first film, I honestly hope this one never hits the big screen. Stick to making a mediocre Prometheus 2. I love Ridley Scott and I love Ridley Scott films. They aren’t all great, some of them are not even good. But I still think he has it in him to make a great film or two before he hangs it up. I just don’t want him to gamble with Blade Runner. It’s too near and dear to my heart.

What do you guys think? Is anyone interested in actually seeing Blade Runner 2? Is there any way you could see a sequel working?

Indie Revolver EXCLUSIVE: “It’s Not the Years, It’s the Parsecs.”

By: Jay Carlson

I had some difficulty choosing a headline for this post. Also in the running was “Han, Old Buddy! (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Han).” That last subtitle had some comedic truth to it – if you’re like me you’re worrying less and less with each piece of this new Star Wars that is revealed.

If you think Harrison looks good arriving at the recent premiere for The Expendables 3 in the video above, wait til you see what he’ll be wearing on screen in Episode VII:

Han Hoth Costume Episode VII Han Endor Costume Episode VII

It’s great to see that Han’s style hasn’t changed much over the years. These coats would fit right in on Hoth or Endor. The half dozen designs we’ve seen may indicate a lot of costume changes for Harrison and his healing foot to go through, though some sketches may never get past that concept stage to end up on screen. It’s interesting to note that while Han’s outfitted with his classic DL-44 blaster (SW7 actor John Boyega appears to have the original prop in this photo!) and iconic gunbelt, In all of the sketches his belt now has a second holster on his left hip. It’s a mirror image of the one on the right. Will Han wield two guns in his old age?

In our Stormtrooper post, I mentioned that I believed the seemingly original trooper design was an update to Empire’s Snowtrooper – Han’s cold weather gear here was one of my main reasons for that. This isn’t the first time a rumor of a snow planet has surfaced, either. When production was scheduled for Iceland, speculation ran rampant that we’d see Hoth again. Production sources later advised that there are desert planets outside of Tatooine, ice planets outside of Hoth, and forests outside of Endor, and that we shouldn’t necessarily expect to see any of the above in the new films. And while Iceland is technically a lot greener than Greenland, I can’t help but think the Episode VII team is eager to present us with a lot of the familiar. The desert village set certainly looks like Tatooine/Mos Eisley – complete with McQuarrie’s structures (comparison via Making Star Wars) intended for that location in the original Star Wars – and the Forest of Dean set would make a fine stand-in for Yavin. Besides, it’s not as though productions like these aren’t known for blatant misdirection.

Personally, I don’t need a second ice planet revealed in the Star Wars universe. Hoth is familiar to me and to our friends from a galaxy far, far away – it makes perfect sense that they’d return there. After all, part of the story is rumored to involve a search for Luke, and any detective would start by visiting the places the subject is familiar with. Could a deserted wampa cave be a good place for a Jedi Knight to retire? We’ll find out sometime around Christmas 2015!

Do you think we’ll be seeing locations from the original trilogy in these sequels? Leave a reply and let us know.