Ridley Scott Discusses New ‘Blade Runner’ Project

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:29 am,

ridley scott blade runner sequel Ridley Scott Discusses New Blade Runner Project

Since the (unexpected) announcement that Ridley Scott would be returning to the Blade Runner universe, there’s been a fair amount of speculation as to what exactly the new project would encompass – and whether it will be a direct sequel to Scott’s original 1982 film or a spinoff (a la Scott’s upcoming Alien semi-prequel, Prometheus).

Scott opened up recently about his Blade Runner project, dropping a few tidbits about where it is in the development process, whether the film will be set before or after the events of its predecessor, and if any of the original film’s cast or central characters would be returning.

The “big” news that Scott has to offer Speakeasy is that his upcoming Blade Runner project is “liable to be a sequel.” In other words, the project will take place sometime in the aftermath of the 1982 film. Even if it evolves during pre-production as much as Prometheus did, its sequel status (presumably) will not change.

However, Alcon Entertainment heads Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove previously indicated that neither Harrison Ford nor the Rick Deckard character would be returning in Scott’s new Blade Runner flick – and Scott also confirmed as much, mentioning that the project would not involve either “the past cast” or Deckard.

That is to say: Scott appears to be using the term “sequel” loosely here, with regards to the connection between Blade Runner and this new related piece of sci-fi cinema.

Ridley Scott on the set of 'Blade Runner'

Previous reports suggested that Scott Z. Burns was all but set to script Scott’s new installment in the Blade Runner franchise. While that may be (unofficially) true, the word from the director himself is that he’s “close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver [the story].” Whether or not said scriber will end up being Burns, or someone else entirely, remains to be seen.

One last thing – Scott briefly offered his own take on the original Blade Runner, saying:

 “Even though people think it’s a cool Philip Marlowe film with Deckard played by Harrison Ford, the film is very much about humanity.”

So long as Scott and his eventual writing collaborator don’t lose track of that idea while crafting the next Blade Runner flick – one brought to life via the assistance of modern filmmaking technology (ex. CGI, 3D visuals, etc.) – the results this second time around should be decent, if nothing else.


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Scott’s new Blade Runner project as the story develops.

Source: Wall Street Journal (via Badass Digest)

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  1. Blade Runner originally was more about humanity in the end.
    Ridley later stating Deckard was in fact a replicant and not human,
    a fact Harrison Ford did not believe when filming, undercuts that thesis.

  2. The book was all about humanity….Deckards’. Even though the film was nothing like the book Mr. Scott sure did a good job of translating Deckard’s fear of killing a human by mistake to the screen.

    Blade Runner has been my fav film since I saw it in the theater in ’82.
    I can’t wait for this one!

  3. Too true, Jess. And Deckard is human in the book.
    Blade Runner is one of my all-time favorite films
    and I think of Deckard as human in it even
    though Ridley Scott took his liberties.

  4. As much as I would like to see Ford return, it just doesn’t feel right to revisit him. He drove off into the sunset and unknown and that;s where that particular storyline should end.

    If anything I would love for Olmos reprise his role as Gaff. Maybe he could be the police chief now? It would give the sequel a sense of connection with the original.

    Too bad CGI hasn’t quite bridged the uncanny valley yet, else I would suggest they bring the Roy “model” back but as Tron proved, we haven’t quite got it right yet.

  5. Blade Runner is one of the best sc-fi movies ever.

    It is great that Ridley Scott is returning to direct the sequel, it is understandable why Harrison Ford will not return for the sequel because of his age, no offensive but it would had been amazing if he does make a cameo to show some connection between the original and the sequel.

    I actually think that the sequel should have a new lead character and some new characters but maybe have the story be based in the same universe and years later after the original movie.

    I really hope that Prometheus turns out to be great as the first Alien movie.

  6. The original Blade Runner is in my top five all-time movies. I’m a little leery of them going back to the property. The first one was a perfect storm. There’s no way to recreate the magic that made the first one such a classic. Harrison Ford was so pissed off during filming the damn thing, and it came across perfectly in his character Deckard. I mean, the special effects in the original still hold up today! I remember even feeling a little guilty when I played the Blade Runner game for PC in the late 90s. It would’ve been like playing a video game for Fight Club. I hope this falls through. Can’t Ridley do something original? I would love to see him do something not based in history or based on one of his prior films, like Matchstick Men.

  7. Why? why Ridley? There is no need for a sequel or anything. It won’t be the same with The original actors in it. The film has a magic about it that if you make a sequel or a remake or whatever the hell it will end up wing called it will be gone.

  8. So what would the next logical step be? An evolution into terminators?

    • The next logical step in the evolution would be a similar story to Battlestar Glactica (except without the silly god overtones). This is actually a fairly common story at its base…….Man creates worker slave race (robots), robots become self aware/rebel, robots wipe out man since they are superior to man in nearly every way. While it is the next logical step, I would really gate to see it because it has been done repeatedly.

      I’m not really sure what 30 years into the future of Blade Runner would be if not the above. Would also suck equally if they just did the Blade Runner story again (i.e. Synthetic Humanoids with limited lifespan escape again and are hunted down) even if this new crop say manages a different outcome like finding a way to extend their lifespan it would still not excite me since most of the story is the same.

      So I give up on what they could do that would be interesting.

  9. There is something that must be inspiring RIdley Scott to do this. I can’t imagine what it is, and he hasnt said yet, I guess we’ll wait and see. I don’t see Ridley Scott dropping the ball, has he ever? He get the benefit of the doubt from me.

    God forbid this goes the same route as Tron though ..