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'Blade Runner 2' Still Coming But Ridley Scott is No Longer Directing

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November 25, 2014
Source: Variety

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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?

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  • Al Apone
    Had a feeling this could happen. He would be close to 80 years old and its time for someone else to take the reigns of this and the Prometheus sequel
  • Chris Groves
    This is one I honestly don't really care about. I'm a huge sci-fi fan, and of ALL of the big sci-fi benchmark films...Blade Runner is the one I truly just do not like. I've watched every version, given it multiple tries, re-visited it years later. That film is just 100% one that I don't really care for. I hate saying that, but it is the truth.
    • Im sorry but as a 'scifi fan' someone saying they don't like BR is like saying you're a huge fan of classical music and don't like Mozart. Let me guess, you liked Prometheus? :)
      • Chris Groves
        Definitely not. I enjoyed maybe the first 75% of it, then it totally fell apart. Blade Runner I can at least re-watch easily enough, but Prometheus was hard to sit through when I gave it a 2nd chance. Believe me, I'm aware of how odd it is, which is actually kind of frustrating. I love 2001, Star Wars, Terminator(1 and 2), and virtually all of the sci-fi 'classics' and 'benchmarks' that I've seen...but Blade Runner just did nothing for me.
        • Dude i totally was trying to bust your balls with the Prometheus comment. I disliked that movie a lot. Not sure why you don't like BR. Its a classic. Its a deep world. And to me BR and 2001 are def above silly Terminator movies. But heh, to each their own. Maybe in time you will change your mind....
    • Avi
      no it isn't the truth,it's just your opinion...
      • Chris Groves
        Okay, we're arguing semantics. "I don't really care for it, its the truth" as in it is my truthful opinion. I didn't say NOBODY cares for this film.
        • Avi
          true!
  • Rock n Rollllll
    No Ridley, no care.
    • Dan Hibiki
      I'm trying to remember where a giant flying lizard was in Blade Runner.
      • Rock n Rollllll
        because a giant Koala would be ridiculous
  • TheOct8pus
    no. just no.
  • Craige Marshall
    really not sure about this, bladerunner itself was a fantastic film even tho it had very little to do with the short story it was based on (even mr. scott admits to not reading the book before making the film), phillip k dick was probably the most imaginative sci-fi writer of his time but i have yet to see a film based on his work that comes close to showing this, although a scanner darkly was a good attempt. So in my opinion a sequel would be a complete waste of time.
  • Jonathan
    Then don't make it. Has there been a mad onslaught of people, desperate for a Blade Runner sequel? And, if so, was it all under the assumption that Scott would direct it? The whole revisiting trend doesn't seem to work anyway. Remember how excited you were for Episode one?
    • MLTC
      I checked my jar of memories, but I can't recall this "Episode one" that you speak of... πŸ˜‰
      • Jonathan
        Haha...you're doing it right.
      • avconsumer2
        Your jar jar of memories? ;P
  • Brian Sleider
    Honestly that might be a good thing. I mean the whole idea is fucked any way, but Scott is off his game these days IMO.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    You lost me at Ridley Scott no longer directing... *Then* I saw that they're handing script duties over to the moron that wrote Green Lantern. Note to Harrison Ford: Drop out of this project ASAP.
  • MLTC
    Terrible news! :-(
  • SkyNet300
    Great news! Scott has clearly gone in the direction of all aging directors. Prometheus and The counselor should be proof of that. Can't wait for this now and I'm gonna hope it's better than the overrated first film.
    • Overrated first film? Nice try twat.
    • Avi
      overrated film? dumbass!
  • Avi
    scott is to old to make any movie,but prometheus wasn't that bad onley the hype killed it...
  • avconsumer2
    Ok... Scott not directing, I can see (recent track record,) but throwing the Green Lantern writer in there? Color me confused. That seems like one step forward and two steps back.
  • Two words. Sam Raimi. He's the go to man for classic movie remakes.
  • DAVIDPD
    Ah shitttt....Scott is fucking up so bad lately. PROMO, MOSES, PROMO2, NOAH...what the hell is he thinking?

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