'Green Lantern' Writer Michael Green Scripting 'Blade Runner' Sequel
Well, this is a little worrisome. Back in November of 2011, Ridley Scott confirmed that he was developing a Blade Runner sequel that he would direct himself. Then last summer, good news came that screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who adapted the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? for the big screen was returning to script the sequel for Alcon Entertainment and Scott Free. However, it sounds like there's been a changing of the guard as The Wrap has learned that Green Lantern co-writer Michael Green will have scripting duties for the Warner Bros. film. However, details have changed a bit. Read on!
Originally, when speaking about the sequel, Scott said that the sequel would not have Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard character or any of the original characters from the first film. But this new report says the sequel will take place an unknown number of years after the first film, and Scott is in the midst of bringing Ford back to reprise the aforementioned lead character. That's quite a turnaround, and we're hoping the motivation is for a good story, and not just because Warner Bros. wants to capitalize on the draw of Ford and a Blade Runner sequel for money. At the very least, Alcon has said, ""We want people to know that we're very serious about doing this in an artistic way. This isn't just commercial fodder."
We're not sure if Green is working from extensive notes from Scott or what, but his work on Green Lantern left quite a lot to be desired. His previous work on early episodes of series like "Heroes" and "Smallville" inspire some confidence, but Blade Runner is a sacred film, and fans will be expecting the best out of a sequel. Warner Bros. is keen on Green because of his work rewriting Robopocalypse and the studio's own Gods and Kings. Here's hoping we're not looking at another Prometheus where the debate following the film outshines the film itself. When we look back on this decade, it really will feel like a sequel to the 80s.