Director Ridley Scott to Follow Prometheus with Blade Runner Sequel
08.19.11 by Ryan
In March, Alcon Entertainment purchased the rights to director Ridley Scott's Blade Runner in the express interest of "producing prequels and sequels" to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Producers Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Bud Yorkin explained that their inspiration for going back into the world of Blade Runner was to "explore the themes that the movie invokes" and described the possibilities for future Blade Runner movies as "an irresistible intellectual exercise" (money was also probably a factor, but it didn't come up).
Whether Scott would return to the cinematic world he created was not known at the time, but Deadline reports that Scott is "committing to direct and produce" either a prequel or a sequel. While the producers also spoke indirectly about director Christopher Nolan, it turns out the plan was always to get Scott to come back.
"We had a few Plan Bs," Kosove told The Los Angeles Times. "But we were really focusing on Plan A, which was Ridley. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that’s wholly original from the first Blade Runner."
Kosove says the producers approached Scott right after securing the rights to Blade Runner and discussed how they could make another Blade Runner movie different from the original. Scott is already done with his latest movie, Prometheus, which started as a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic Alien, but evolved into "a new, grand mythology and universe" once screenwriter Damon Lindelof got involved.
The next step is to hire a writer, but even if that goes well and quickly, Kosove doesn't think that a new Blade Runner movie will be ready to go in front of cameras until early 2013 at best, with, possibly, a projected 2014 release. That's if everything goes well. Picking a good writer for the project will also calm fans' nerves, Kosove realizes.
When we made the first announcement there was a lot of skepticism, understandably. And now with Ridley coming back there's a greater level of comfort. And once we have the writer, I think fans will feel even more comfortable.
As for Harrison Ford's return as Rick Deckard for another Blade Runner, Kosove says don't count on it.
In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott, but if you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting.
Scott and the producers, and the eventual screenwriter, will likely also revisit Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was the basis for the original novel.