Ridley Scott Confirms He's Directing the New 'Blade Runner' Sequel
It was officially announced just a few months ago that after finishing his sci-fi Prometheus, director Ridley Scott would be returning to his roots once again to direct another new Blade Runner movie. We followed that up with a brief update from the producers on what it might be about, but now we've got some additional confirmation and a brief update from Ridley Scott, courtesy of an interview on the WSJ's Speakeasy blog. He's definitely direct and says "I think I'm close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver... we're quite a long way in, actually." Beyond that, he also mentions that it's "liable to be a sequel." Read on!
The new Blade Runner project is being developed by Alcon Entertainment, where they said that it will be a "wholly original" idea from Ridley. Details were a little hazy back then, which is why it's great to have confirmation from Ridley Scott himself, and a hint that it might be more of a sequel than a prequel, since it could really go ether way. Scott also confirms that this new one won't have Rick Deckard in it, Harrison Ford's character, or anyone from the original 1982 film. Speaking of, Ridley comments on how the original was "unpopular" because it "didn't offer a romantic view of the future", with his own theory. Scott says:
"That's why I think I was so unpopular" when the film was released, Scott says, because at the core of the film is a story about mortality. "Even though people think it's a cool Philip Marlowe film with Deckard played by Harrison Ford," he says, "the film is very much about humanity."
I'm very intrigued to see what he has on his mind for this new sequel if it might be, again, about mortality and humanity. So far I honestly think this project is off to a great start and in very good hands - those mostly being Ridley's. But, as the producers said when the news came out originally, "We want people to know that we're very serious about doing this in an artistic way. This isn't just commercial fodder." As long as they can stay true to that, and let Ridley and his mystery writer run the ship, I think this Blade Runner prequel might turn out pretty damn good. We can only hope! We'll definitely keep an eye out for anything else we hear about this and if we find out who the writer is that will be helping him "deliver." Stay tuned!