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IN THE WORKS: ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel, Blanchett-Wasikowska Lesbian Romance, Paltrow for Picasso & Dujardin’s Next

IN THE WORKS: 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Blanchett-Wasikowska Lesbian Romance, Paltrow for Picasso & Dujardin's Next

Ridley Scott has an idea for a sequel to his classic 1982 film “Blade Runner,” and the original’s writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to put it into action on paper. Scott and Alcon Entertainment say only that the story would pick up “some years after the first film concluded.”

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are set to share screen time in an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950s New York-set novel “The Price of Salt” — adapted by Phyllis Nagy and to be directed by John Crowley. The novel, published in 1952, is now considered a pioneering work of lesbian romance – synopsis below:

Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith’s own life, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by an erotic epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to stalk the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese’s job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover.

Gwyneth Paltrow may join Antonio Banderas in “Guernica 33 Days.” Banderas will star as Pablo Picasso in the Carlos Saura film, which follows the artist’s emotional turmoil during the creation of the titular work and is set t shoot in France this fall. Paltrow is in talks to play his lover, the Spanish-speaking French photographer, Dora Maar.

“The Artist”‘s Jean Dujardin will star with Tim Roth and Cecile de France (“The Kid with the Bike”) in Eric Rochant’s “Mobius.” The film is set in the financial world and Roth will play a Russian oligarch accused of money laundering through his bank; Dujardin and France’s roles are unknown, but the trio will shoot the film throughout Belgium, Luxenbourg, Ukraine, Russian and Monaco shortly.

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