The New Blade Runner Is “Likely to Be a Sequel” to the Original
There And Back Again
After some speculation as to what Ridley Scott‘s new Blade Runner movie was going to be — prequel, reboot, remake, etc. — the director has said that it will mostly likely be a sequel to the 1982 original. And while Scott seems to confirm his intent, he also says that there is no script just yet. Oh right, that little Prometheus thing is going to be happening first. Man, if there was ever a director we like to see working on new versions of his old things, it’s Ridley Scott.
Shooting just finished on Scott’s Alien prequel, according to the Wall Street Journal, and the director has been in search of a writer he feels can take the project on to his liking. And it looks like he may have found such a person, and that they’re further along than we think:
“I think I’m close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver,” Scott says, “we’re quite a long way in, actually.”
According to /Film, Andrew Kosove from Alcon Entertainment says he doesn’t expect to start production on this movie before 2013.
What we do know is that Harrison Ford, who played Rick Deckard, is not returning for the sequel. In fact, Scott seems to state that this sequel will not feature any of the original stars, saying “not with the past cast, of course.” This might make perfect sense, depending on how far in the future Scott is planning on taking the sequel. The original takes place in 2019, in a world in which humans share the planet with robotic replicants who aren’t technically allowed to work on Earth. The officers in charge of controlling the replicant population are called “blade runners,” hence the title. It’s based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, and Scott has said it’s “probably” his most complete and personal film.
Critics were not thrilled with the dystopic view of the future at the time. Probably because: no flying cars.