'Blade Runner 2' Still Coming But Ridley Scott is No Longer Directing
As we wait for Exodus: Gods & Kings to hit theaters next month, many are more interested in director Ridley Scott going back to sci-fi. He's already got The Martian with Matt Damon in the works, set for release next year, but there's also been development on Blade Runner 2. For awhile, it's been understood that Scott was going to direct the follow-up with a script that was originally coming from the first film's writer Hampton Fancher, but may now be coming from Green Lantern scribe Michael Green. However, in an interview with Variety (via The Playlist), Scott says he will produce the film, but not direct this time.
Scott doesn't give a reason for not directing the sequel, but he's still involved with the script as the project develops. More than likely, Scott just doesn't have the time to fit the film into his schedule as soon as the producers would want him to get moving. There's still no major details on what the follow-up would entail, but as for Harrison Ford's involvement, though the actor received an offer to lead the film from Alcon Entertainment, it sounds like his role has changed. Scott says, "Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.” Obviously, we don't know what that means for the story, but we're bound to find out if the project ends up getting made in 2015 as Scott says. Thoughts?