Ridley Scott Returning for Another 'Blade Runner' After 'Prometheus'!
You've come a long way, Ridley Scott. The man who once said that sci-fi is as dead as westerns has caught the sci-fi bug once again. Deadline reports that Ridley Scott is returning to direct "another installment" of Blade Runner after he finishes working on the potential-Alien-prequel Prometheus for Fox. Scott has fully signed on to direct and produce, and is working with Alcon Entertainment to develop. But unfortunately we don't know if it's a prequel, a sequel, or what. So there's no details on what it will be, but at least that Ridley Scott is restarting the Blade Runner franchise again after he finishes with his other science fiction franchise.
Deadline goes on to explain that this news only means the new Blade Runner is just entering it's "first step" of development, which means it could evolve and develop from here, just like Prometheus did once they got Damon Lindelof on-board to revise the script. But here's the most intriguing part of their write-up: "After injecting state of the art 3D in reviving Alien, imagine what Scott can do with Blade Runner? Now, the filmmaker is ready to engage." If you followed our live-blog of the Prometheus presentation at Comic-Con, Ridley participated via live satellite feed from Iceland and spoke, numerous times, about how he was having the best experience working on that film that he's had in quite a long time (ahem, Robin Hood). So maybe sci-fi's aren't as dead as westerns and this is the genre you always were meant to come back to, Mr. Scott?
Ridley directed the original Blade Runner in 1982, 3 years after he directed Alien in 1979. He's following a similar pattern again, jut 30 years later, but with an Alien prequel and maybe a Blade Runner prequel, if that is what it becomes. Deadline adds they don't now if he'll even contact Harrison Ford to return, but my guess (or hope) is that he'll move on to find a new group of actors, like he did with Prometheus. And I'm completely fine with that. If you remember, Alcon picked up the Blade Runner rights earlier this year, and was also vague about it being a prequel/sequel, but did say: "We have long-term goals for the franchise."
This is just awesome, exciting news, especially for die-hard sci-fi fans like myself. And I think it means sci-fi is really on the rise in big ways in Hollywood. Though I guess we still have to see how Prometheus turns out, but based on all the early footage we saw at Comic-Con, I've got a good feeling Ridley is finally back in the genre he belongs. At least at this point in his career, so we'll keep you updated! Thoughts on this news?