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Ridley Scott’s New Blade Runner Is Officially A Sequel & Will Star A Woman In The Lead Role!


Back in 1982, Ridley Scott directed a film based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? called Blade Runner. It went on to become one of the most highly regarded sci-fi films ever. The story took place in 2019 which obviously meant it was time for Hollywood to revisit the idea. Scott has finally announced that his new Blade Runner film will not be a remake, but a sequel, the original screenwriter is involved, and he’ll be putting a woman in Deckard’s shoes this time around. Hit the jump for details! 

A press release gave the official word today that Scott’s second Blade Runner project would be a sequel but also that his original screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, is also on board. It says he’ll be there, “to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced” film.

Though we  now know for sure it’s a sequel, the team is still tight-lipped about the plot. “The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded,” according to the release. “The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his Blade Runner collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel.

Now, onto the news that’s really got us excited. Scott did an interview with The Daily Beast in which he discussed his upcoming release, Prometheus, as well as his penchant for using strong female characters in his films.

“Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week,” he told them. “We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”

And that, unfortunately, was the very last question included in the interview. But he did say some other, related things I found interesting. Like this.

Ripley [from Alien] was androgynous, and she didn’t emerge until she shouted at Yaphet Kotto to “Shut the f–k up!” and that was well into the second act. This rather pretty woman who everyone assumed in the first act was going to be one of the first ones to cop it gradually starts to take up the mantle, and the weapon. To me, it’s always organic and not a specific decision to make her female, but afterwards, there’s always 20/20 hindsight, isn’t there? I read with slightly raised eyebrows the surprise and the power about having a female lead instead of a male lead, and it refocused my awareness about what we’ve done. It was a calculated risk as well in a film that’s fundamentally a traditional “who’s going to be the last one standing in a big, dark house.” In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which was significantly frightening for me at that particular point cause I looked at it just prior to making Alien, that girl was still standing at the end covered in blood, but she’d survived rather than won. The difference with Ripley was that she had won and survived.

I’m used to very strong women because my mother was particularly strong, and my father was away all the time. My mother was a big part of bringing up three boys, so I was fully versed in the strength of a powerful woman, and accepted that as the status quo. I think there are a lot of men who feel they’re being emasculated by having the woman be in charge; I’ve never had that problem. All the relationships in my life have been with strong women, from childhood. The relationship I’ve had in my life for the past 30 years is with a very strong Costa Rican woman. Oddly enough, I find it quite engaging to be working with a female when I’m directing. It’s kind of interesting.

I’m usually dead set against creators (or other people) revisiting classic works but I’m holding out judgement on the Blade Runner project until I see Prometheus. Before I started seeing clips and hearing the story of Scott’s return to the Alien universe, I wouldn’t have thought it was a good idea but all indications point to Prometheus kicking ass. If it does, I will totally be behind this Blade Runner sequel, especially considering how great Scott’s leads have been in the past.

Perhaps it will be called Blade Runners.

(via Blastr, /Film)

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  • John Wao

    That went from meh to whoa real fast.

  • Anonymous

    Just so long as he doesn’t spoil the first one by telling us whether or not Deckard is a replicant…

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that could make me happier is if this movie would drop in a few references (too) to the 1997 video game. (Pretty, pretty please?)

  • Anonymous

    wishing fervently for a POC lead, especially east asian. i would love blade runner without reservation if the film didn’t awkwardly appropriate east asian cultural symbols while having no developed east asian characters. it just adds insult to the injury of the fact that hollywood is so lacking in diversity, when they can include lots of signage in asian languages bc it looks “cool” or whatever but can’t even bother to include PEOPLE as real developed characters instead of just extras.
    /rant

    i won’t get my hopes up though. still very cool that there will be a female protagonist. yay.

  • Life Lessons

    OH MY GOD/DESS YES!!!

  • http://www.fangirlconfessions.com Robin Burks

    It’s refreshing to know that there are people in Hollywood wanting to put female leads in roles like these in the big budget films. There’s hope yet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vincent-DeCampo/1381135315 Vincent DeCampo

    This is my favorite movie of all time. Please don’t screw it up! Harrison Ford still young enough for the lead. What the heck, I’m 78!
     

  • http://twitter.com/SylviaSybil Sylvia

     I think Ford’s out of luck for the lead seeing as, you know, we just read an article about how the lead is a woman.

    Now, they might bring his character back as a supporting character, but personally I’d rather he stick to a cameo or nothing, rather than overwhelm the new story.

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  • Anonymous

     Why is that good?

  • Anonymous

     I love how you guys reveal yourselves as racists.  I thought race didn’t matter.  Funny how it can always matter when it favors non-Whites.

  • Jen Roberts

     I’ll take “Missing the point” for 1000, Alex.

  • Anonymous

    The point being what?  More “do as I say and not as I do” double standards?

  • http://twitter.com/jemmaprophet Jemma Prophet

     Feeding the trolls never works — but ignoring them drives them batty. :P

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Widget Joanna

    Diversity is always good =)  Makes things interesting.

  • http://www.youtube.com/cherubicwindigo Laura

    Why is *what* good? I don’t understand the question?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.button.583 Jamie Button

    Well, Prometheus sucked out loud so I dont have high hopes for a Blade Runner sequel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.mccrearyii Tracy McCreary II

    The film is called ‘Blade Runner’, so I don’t think you can follow it with a sequel called ‘Blade – Oh, Where’s My Walker? Screw It, I’ll Take The Hover-Round’. Ford has had his shot & helped to create one of the most memorable characters to hit the big screen. He should pas the mantle onto another and keep his dignity intact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.mccrearyii Tracy McCreary II

    *tea-bagged* !!

  • Crayven

    You mean like 99% of Hollywood’s latest productions do?

  • http://twitter.com/Blade_Runner_2 Blade Runner 2

    I have created a website dedicated to this, would love to know what you guys think: http://www.bladerunner-2.com