‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ to be re-released in UK cinemas next month

This is the only version of the sci-fi classic on which Ridley Scott had complete creative freedom

Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be re-released in UK cinemas on April 3, the British Film Institute (BFI) has announced.

Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner originally opened in cinemas in 1982 and has since been hailed as an all-time science fiction classic. Blade Runner: The Final Cut first came out in 2007 to mark the film’s 25th anniversary and is the only version of the film on which director Ridley Scott had complete artistic freedom.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut stars Harrison Ford as an expert detective or “Blade Runner” on the hunt for four genetically engineered replicants who are virtually indistinguishable from humans and hiding illegally in a dystopian version of Los Angeles. The film’s supporting cast includes Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah in her breakthrough role.

The film’s soundtrack by Oscar-winning Greek composer Vangelis has also been hailed as a classic for its mix of classical composition and modern synth-pop sounds.

A sequel to Blade Runner is now in the works with French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) in talks to direct and Ridley Scott returning as producer. Scott has revealed that Harrison Ford will not appear in the entirety of the sequel, saying: “Harrison is very much a part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”