Back in August, auteur Ridley Scott confirmed he was involved in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros’ ‘continuation’ of the Blade Runner franchise, a project he would help co-write and direct but details were rather scarce and we didn’t know whether the plan was to sequelize or prequelize his 1982 sci-fi classic.
Thanks to a new Wall Street Journal interview, we now know the new Blade Runner movie will infact be a sequel and Scott has confirmed that work is “quite a long way in, actually… I think im close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver”. From the sounds of things, this could well end up being his next movie after he is finished with his Alien prequel Prometheus that opens next June.
For those who have never seen Blade Runner (all four of you), it told the story of Deckard, a blade runner who is assigned the joyous task of hunting down and blowing holes in a group of roque androids known as Replicants. Based on Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, Blade Runner has become a cult hit since its 1982 release, and is often hailed as a classic – a staple installment in Ridley Scott’s filmography.
A second Blade Runner has been demanded by acne laden cyber nerds for nearly two decades, with games, novellas and underground events all attempting to reignite the fire of Dick’s existential tale of mortality. But the truth is Scott isn’t really delivering a sequel, in reality it sounds like the project will be a new tale just set in the same universe and with a new crew. Scott confirms that the new project will be without “the past cast, of course”, and when asked if Deckard will be exempt for that ruling, he said – “No, not really”.
So it’s ‘not really’ a sequel… just a continuation. But the important part is that at least the Blade Runner legacy is not doomed to disappear – “lost in time, like tears in the rain.”
What we can also be sure of is Scott further expanding what we know of the universe and building something much more expansive with the property and I think you can look to Prometheus as a good example of what we can expect. Same universe… but new ideas. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he is looking at Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof to write the screenplay with him.
Out of the four directions you can go IF you are making a continuation of an old franchise with ‘remake/reboot’, ‘prequel’, ‘direct sequel’ and ‘sequel set in the same universe but little connective tissue’ – loose sequel is definitely the best way to go with Blade Runner. Don’t you agree?