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Audiences were polarized by 1982′s Ridley Scott masterpiece Blade Runner, but the film stayed strong in sc-fi circles, becoming the the most assigned movie in science fiction study courses on North American college campuses.
It gave audiences the rare opportunity to truly escape their reality and experience a future that was both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. It was also a golden opportunity for star Harrison Ford to stretch his acting muscles and create a timeless character.
And then it truly defied convention by not releasing a sequel. Ever.
Now, 30 years later, Warner Bros. offshoot Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind The Book of Eli, are in the process of buying up the film, TV and ancillary rights to the 1982 smash that starred Harrison Ford at the height of his career. When and if the deal comes together, Alcon will own the rights to make numerous prequels and sequels to the movie but the original will remain untouched.
At least we don’t have to be fearful of another bothched remake of a classic.The ravishing Elizabeth Hurley has joined the pilot cast of NBC’s Wonder Woman and has taken to Twitter to share the news. She said: “Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait.” She is expected to play Veronica Cale. I love her quote, “the evil villain”.Wonderfully old school, isn’t she?
The series pilot is a “reinvention” of the iconic character in which Diana is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a “successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.” We’ll see how it shapes up.
According to Deadline, Pedro Pascal and Tracie Thoms have both signed on for the project. Thoms, best known for her role on Cold Case will play Etta, personal assistant to Diana Prince. Pasca, who appears on The Good Wife, will play a police liaison who aids Diana. Another well-known acting name, Cary Elwes, who recently appeared in Saw: The Final Chapter will play the CEO of Diana Prince’s company, Themyscira Industries.
AND NOW, THE RED SKULL STRIKES!
Finally, here’s a shot of the incredibly talented Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger from Entertainment Weekly.
BRILLIANT OR TERRIBLE? YOU DECIDE.
The Skull will be goose stepping his way into theatres July 22 when he faces off against Chris Evans’ star-spangled Avenger.