Eagle Eye Writers Working on a Blade Runner 2?!
This is one of the most bizarre and unnerving stories you'll read all week - that's pretty much guaranteed. Peter from SlashFilm got an e-mail last week from a tipster who had attended a screening of Eagle Eye put on by the Creative Screenwriting magazine. During the Q&A with Travis Wright afterwards, Travis said that he was writing a sequel to Blade Runner. Peter made sure to confirm this with others who were in attendance at the Q&A and it seems that is exactly what he said. But this isn't an official decision by Warner Brothers. Apparently Wright and co-writer John Glenn are doing this entirely on their own without any studio involvement (yet), but have started contacting producers related to the original film.
The original e-mail mentioned that Wright said he was "in the process of writing a sequel to Blade Runner, and had already contacted the producers of the original, etc." Peter did some research and found out that Wright has been involved in a few Hollywood projects, including a remake of The Warriors and Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans. "Wright revealed at the Creative Screenwriting event that they have been working on various treatments for a Blade Runner sequel over the last couple years." But it's not just some idea they've been kicking around in their free time. "Travis also claims that they are already working with a pre-visualization team on some of the action sequences for their eventual pitch with the studio."
We'll be anxiously waiting to find out how this story develops and whether it is indeed completely true and, more importantly, whether the story they've put together is any good. My first reaction to this is quite negative, and I don't think I'm alone in that emotion, especially since Blade Runner is one of the most beloved sci-fi films ever made. I know I have a lot of respect for it and can't even fathom a sequel or anything even set in the same universe. However, I think everyone's initial reaction to this is going to be that of disgust until we're convinced otherwise. And that might not happen for a while. Either way, this is a very interesting story that we'll be following closely. Does anyone want to see a Blade Runner 2?