Writer Travis Wright Responds to Blade Runner 2 Backlash
Early last week we ran a rather interesting story about a rumor that had circulated from a Q&A after a screening of Eagle Eye stating that Blade Runner 2 was being written. Even I wasn't so happy to hear this news and wrote that I "can't even fathom a sequel or anything even set in the same universe." However, I'm up for some persuasion if someone can truly convince me that Blade Runner 2 may be a worthwhile sequel. Travis Wright, who was one of the screenwriters working on this and was the one who mentioned it during the Q&A, got in touch with SlashFilm in order to clarify all the details, from his own history to misconceptions to thoughts on sci-fi and why exactly he wanted to write this.
Here's the thing - Wright will immediately be starting at the very bottom and he'll have to fight his way up. There's no way around it and he's got to prove to millions of hardcore sci-fi fans that his story for the sequel ain't so bad after all. But before he can even get to that, he's got to prove that he's someone fans can trust. "I am a geek. I am a total fan boy. I have toys all over my office that [writing partner John Glenn] has always made fun of (we've been friends since third grade)," Wright explains. So he confirms that he's a geek that is potentially worthy of taking on a monumental task like this while at the same time respecting everything about the original Blade Runner. So what's next after gaining our trust?
"John Glenn and I were paid to explore a potential secret sequel from [2003 to 2005] and wrote several [Blade Runner] sequel approaches working with Bud Yorkin. We never went to script - a fact I mentioned at the Q&A - and it wasn't meant to be some big announcement." Refering back to my recent Sunday Discussion on Hollywood reboots, it's no surprise to see that at one point Warner Brothers was interested in really making a sequel - right before they re-released the film on Blu-Ray last year. "My only intention as a writer, in pursuing this project, is to help explore some of the questions Blade Runner raises that were the fodder for endless debate among my friends for two decades now," he explains.
So what are the questions that he is hoping to answer in a sequel?
"What does it mean to be human? That's the central question in life and the paramount question in Science Fiction. More pointedly: Is or isn't Deckard a replicant? What happens to Rachel? What are the off world colonies like? What happens to replicants once Tyrell is killed by one of his creations? These are some of the questions we explored with Bud Yorkin for a few years and I believe are a great basis for a story many fans like me are dying to see. Working on them has been a dream."
I'm going to give Wright the benefit of the doubt on this one and claim that he actually makes a good point regarding those questions. Although I'm sure someone out there will argue that the fact that they aren't answered is what makes it such a great movie. He has a lot more to say if you're curious in reading his full e-mail - head right over to SlashFilm to do so. For the sake of argument, let's say Blade Runner wasn't one of the defining sci-fi cinema classics - with this kind of introduction, would you be convinced that Wright could handle the job of putting together story ideas and a script for a sequel? I'd say yes. He hits every right note, from being a fanboy to looking for answers to those big questions.
We'll undoubtedly be looking for any and every development related to this news. With early interest like this, Warner Brothers may suddenly be interested in actually pursuing a sequel for real. And we'll be one of the first to bring you any news we hear from the field. For now, it's time to decide whether you think Travis Wright (and his writing partner) could tackle something as monumental as Blade Runner 2.