Ridley Scott Producing Web Series With Ties to ‘Blade Runner’

blade_runner_xlgThis could either be really cool or really lame. Either way, here’s the info about Ridley’s Scott’s new web series with, apparently, some connection to his 1982 sci-fi classic film Blade Runner. According to the New York Times:

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.

Mr. Scott, his brother Tony and his son Luke are developing the project in conjunction with the independent studio Ag8, which is run by one of the creators of “Where are the Joneses?” a British Web sitcom that solicited storyline suggestions from the audience. Similarly, “Purefold” will harvest story input from its viewers, in conjunction with the social media site FriendFeed.

But the series won’t be hewing too closely to the specific characters or situations in “Blade Runner.” Some of that material stemmed from the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which the “Purefold” creators do not have rights to.

“We don’t take any of the canon or copyrighted assets from the movie,” said David Bausola, founding partner of Ag8, who said he hoped the series would debut later this summer and that the first episodes would depict events about two years into the future. “It’s actually based on the same themes as ‘Blade Runner.’ It’s the search for what it means to be human and understanding the notion of empathy. We are inspired by ‘Blade Runner.’”

So, the show will have some elements of “dystopian Los Angeles” and be based on the same themes as Blade Runner. Interesting. Really, if they want to do a show about dystopian Los Angeles, they could set it in modern times and just drive around certain neighboorhodds looking for stories. There’s enough “dystopian” out there for ten web series.

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