New filming done for Blade Runner.

Yes, you read that correctly. There has, apparently, been some new filming for the twenty five year old movie.

Joanna Cassidy, on her official website, had the following posted:

Joanna has just finished re-shooting her scenes from the original BLADE RUNNER movie. Joanna is wearing her original outfit (which she kept over from the first production). These new scenes will be part of the upcoming special BLADE RUNNER DVD re-release. Check back for more details.

Joanna played a replicant named Zhora.

I must confess I am skeptical has to how they can shoot new footage when the actors are 25 years older. There is only so much make-up can do.

But, it should be very interesting to see just how different this version is. As I understand it, Ridley Scott had complete control over the entire project so this will be exactly what he wants the film to be.

Later this year, Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be released in theaters for the 25th anniversary of the original cut of the film.

They will also release a new DVD box set that feature, in addition to the Final cut, the Original U.S. Theatrical cut, the Expanded International Theatrical cut and 1992’s Director’s cut.

You know that at least one person will watch all of these versions in a row.

Ok, time to let Blade Runner go. No more versions of it.

For anyone that is not familiar with it, Blade Runner was released in 1982. It was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) and was based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.

Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a Blade Runner, a police man of the future who hunts down and terminates replicants, artificially created humans. He wants to get out of the force, but is drawn back in when 4 “skin jobs”, a slang term for replicants, hijack a ship back to Earth. The city that Deckard must search for his prey is a huge, sprawling, bleak vision of the future. This film questions what it is to be human, and why life is so precious.

I want to thank Sean for sending me a link to Joanna’s web site, since it is not a site I normally check out.