New ‘Blade Runner’ Movie Update From Ridley Scott

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:29 am,

ridley scott blade runner reboot New Blade Runner Movie Update From Ridley Scott

Speculation concerning Ridley Scott’s planned return to the world of Blade Runner heated up earlier this week, when (now debunked) new reports emerged, claiming that Harrison Ford is in talks for the film. False though it may have been, that story still calls attention to just how little concrete information has been released about the sci-fi project in general – not to mention, where it’s at, in terms of pre-production.

According to Scott, there’s a good reason for all the confusion about whether this film is going to be a prequel, a sequel, a reboot, or a spinoff that stars (or doesn’t feature) Ford as Rick Deckard. The answer is simple: not even he is sure what this Blade Runner-based feature is ultimately going to be.

Scott sat down with EW to discuss his next film (the Alien-verse set Prometheus) when he offered the following update on his Blade Runner project:

“We’re still in discussions about whether it should be a prequel or sequel. It’s an interesting conversation. I’m meeting with writers and I’ve also gone back to [original 'Blade Runner' screenwriter] Hampton Fancher and he still speaks the speak. He’s right there. I spoke with him this week. But we don’t even have a script yet.”

The filmmaker also had the following to say, with regards to whether he would absolutely rule out the possibility of Ford reprising his turn as replicant hunter Deckard in the new Blade Runner film (ie. something his fellow producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove have essentially already done):

“Absolutely not. But I’m not sure that that’s going to be a story point, so I don’t know. But if it were, nothing would please me more. Honestly… I don’t know [if the Deckard character will even show up in the film].”

Ridley Scott on the set of 'Blade Runner'

So, there you have it – not only is this new chapter in the Blade Runner series just barely beginning to take solid form, it’s so early on in development that not even the mind behind this whole endeavor knows exactly where he’s going right now. Best then to just hold off on anything but preliminary discussions about how this project will – or won’t – expand on the mythos of the first Blade Runner, shed light on Deckard’s being (or NOT being) a replicant, etc.

In the EW interview, Scott also admits that his mind is not even made up yet, as to whether or not he’ll for sure be making a second journey through the Blade Runner universe next. Not only does Prometheus 2 remain an option for his next directorial effort, but Scott’s being attached to helm films like a Gertrude Bell biopic, Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor, and Child 44 make it painfully clear: the filmmaker’s future plans are also very much in flux right now.

We will nonetheless strive to keep you up-to-date on the status of Scott’s new Blade Runner flick, as the story develops.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. he should why not have deckard older but
    being older he starts to regret killing
    or terminating all those replicants and
    wants a little redemption before he dies
    call it Blade Runner:ReDemption………..

  2. I want more life,..

  3. Older Deckard, old and alone as Rachael died, begins is forced to take a Voight-Kampff- the results ambiguous and he his then hunted by renegade replicants and a new younger blade runner- while still being plagued by the unicorn dream and visions of Rachael and a fractured memory, Gaff should also return as the head of blade runners and the lynch pin as to whether or not Deckard was a prototype for a more human than human replicant. But it should never be revealed if he is or not as that is why the original blade runner is so great; Deckard being a replicant is eluded too but never confirmed in any way that doesn’t remove all doubt. Any continuation of the story needs Deckard and his story to continue.

    a prequel should be about the first Voight-Kampffor the first generation of finding and retiring the first replicants

    • dude. firstly, Deckard is a Replicant. You can go for the ambivalent angle, but too many things point to him being one. “You’ve done a man’s job, sir.”

      Having Ford in a remake or continuation would be disastrous in all but the most deft hands. It would be far better to continue to the story, or to even make a prequel.

  4. i hated that movie.

    void of emotion.

    drab, dull future.

    vomit.

  5. I think Blade Runner 2 should be a sequel like having the movie based in the univerise but having a new lead and a new group of characters.

    A cameo from Harrison Ford wouldn’t hurt the new movie.

    For example, Arine appeared in Terminator Salavtion with the help of CGI effects, just for 10 minutes or more.

    I was amazed by Arine’s cameo but the film itself wasn’t that good.

  6. Don’t forget that Monopoly is still in the mix. Anyways, not sure how they will explain the aging if Deckard is a replicant. Anyways, here’s hoping that this never ever happens at all.

  7. Having an older Deckard would ruin the ambiguity of whether or not he’s a human, especially since the final cut of the original seems to lean pretty heavily that he’s a replicant. I don’t like the idea of having a sequel with an older Harrison Ford as an older Deckard on any level, but I’d be fine with them choosing a new protagonist and doing new things with the mythos and setting. I’d like a Ford cameo, but thats it.

  8. i agree…an older deckard would obviously kill any ideas that he was a replicant however, with the advent of sfx-making an actor younger on screen is very possible and its getting better each time its done..Or if anything just recast the characters,just do a quasi-reboot ala amazing spiderman or xmen-first class…i’d say that if anyone could play the deckard character best would be Clive Owen, hands down…

    • A reboot would be a bad idea, and I would name the same examples you have as perfect evidence in my case. Stand-alone they aren’t bad movies, but when you compare them to the actualy mythos and universe they’re supposed to represent, it’s horrible. I would agree, however, that they can do amazing things in making a character appear younger using a mix of makeup, CGI and the right lighting (Tron: Legacy comes to mind, they didn’t do too bad a job with Bridges), and you’re correct in stating the tech is only getting better. As for story and direction, why can’t we let the man decide for himself? The Alien franchise has stood the test of time, they interwove the basic ideas very well in the AvP movie (the first one more so than the second), and Prometheus will be a huge grand slam, I’m sure.

    • I’m not certain you can use X-Men: First Class as an example of a reboot, being that it’s tied into the X-Men films of the past (Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman) that will be seen in the new X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE’S PAST.

      (Of course, I do realize this comment was posted 1 year ago, before it was announced of the new film)

  9. They should definitely bring back Rutger Hauer for this movie. His input on the last movie was unmissable, not to mention his brilliant performance. I hope it will be a prequel.

  10. As much as the idea of Ridley Scott doing a Blade Runner sequel gives me a nerdgasm, I have to step back and say I don’t want this to happen. Blade Runner was perfect as is. (well, ok, some version/cut somewhere is perfect as is ;)) The point being, this story doesn’t need another chapter. It’s all right there. A sequel/prequel/midquel/sidequel/upsidedownquel/whatever will only diminish the original. The original just clicked. Not at the time, but through the years has gained a following and the critical acclaim it didn’t get in 1982. There simply is no way to duplicate that. Doing another BR story now, 30+ years later, will feel forced and self-conscious. Ridley needs to keep looking forward to new projects, not back to old ones.

    • JK Jetter is a perfect example of why you screwing with the original story is a bad idea. Read his Bladerunner stuff. Don’t begrudge anyone a living, but fuuuuu.

      It is possible to do a prequel, but not there director has to have as near as possible absolute control. Studio influence will screw thing up. “Let’s throw in a dog. You know, so we can make Deckard, Jr. more relateable. And we’ll have Rachel come back as a nagging ghost. Hi-LARIOUS.”

      • You know, that’s an interesting idea. Think of it, a CGI Harrison Ford ‘Deckard’ is alive and on the run, still convinced he’s the real ‘human’ Deckard, when in comes a older ‘human’ (and real) Deckard (played by Harrison Ford), who is a vicious, cold blooded hunter that hates replicants, because this particular replicant has stolen his identity, and to him, ALL replicants must be destroyed.
        The ‘ghost’ idea would be great as well, because to the ‘replicant’ Deckard, it would seem he is seeing the ghost of Rachel, when in fact (as it is revealed at the end of the film) that it is his own programmed ‘memories’ that are malfunctioning, causing his to see things. The ‘human’ Deckard would see Rachel, at first as flashbacks from another time, but will become so real to him as to haunt him.

        The end story could be set to reveal that there was not just one replicant, but several. That the older Deckard is actually a advanced genetic replicant that resembles a human also perfectly (a machine that can reproduce).

  11. im sure deckard wasnt the only blade runner about. and im sure theres alot more replicants to dispose of, so as long as its set in that ridley universe..should be good, why have a cameo from mr ford..pointless, and yes if you watch the final cut its bloody obvious thats he is a replicant,,geez even the man who made the damn film said he’s one. lets find out more about tyrel corp

  12. Well I guess the reality is that it all depends on whether Harrison Ford or Ridley Scott manage to stay alive till it’s finished as they are pushing it a bit age wise lol
    Jokes aside, I REALLY hope this doesn’t happen as I can’t wait for something related to one of the most amazing films I have ever seen.

  13. Not sure if anyone else has heard this rumor or not, but there was talks on a few websites about interweaving the Alien-verse with the Blade Runner-verse. With Prometheus being obviously set within the Alien mythos, this would tie everything together. Not to mention, this would require very deft and adept, maybe even skilled, directing/writing/producing/acting. To make that happen, not a single person can fail in the project. Just my humble opinion on that particular rumor.

  14. If the clues in the movie weren’t enough for people (there’s probably a dozen that point to him being a replicant), Ridley Scott himself has confirmed that Deckard was a replicant (http://movies.ign.com/articles/036/036234p1.html). It’s impossible to bring Harrison Ford back. He’s far, far too old, even for CGI. Let it go… Blade Runner was so much more than just Harrison Ford. Whatever Scott decides to do with the Blade Runner universe, it’s better served WITHOUT Ford appearing at all.

  15. All these comments will be lost in time like letters in blogs!

    The magic of Blader Runner can not be replicated as it was a combination of great timeless musical score of Vangalis, futuristic world projected in some what down to earth with almost no CGI with most appropriate dialogues and creative mind of Ridley Scott in early 80′s…non of these combinations exists today so nothing can follow….the new movie will be new, full of over the top CGI like every other movie today……personally the musical score with dialogues made Blade Runner what it is…just try to watch it without sound or just listen to soundtrack without movie….music makes it perfect.

  16. My fav movie of all time. But I have to say the soundtrack made the movie. If Vangelis is not composing the soundtrack for the next Blade Runner, it won’t be the same.

  17. PLEASE-You have to bring Deckard back. There are so many options going that route that people would be interested in. Don’t branch out, follow the story line. Fans would be angry and how these stupid sci-fys are made now, and would appreciate an updated Bladerunner film. I hope it gets done.

  18. Harrison ford said himself on tv that he will be in the new blade runner film

  19. Think it would be a mistake to recast Harrison Ford, Rutger was brilliant but saw him in hobo with a shotgun wth Rutger….needs to lose a few pounds. Needs to start from scratch with all new people, a similar environment, Vangelis, possibly revisit some things mentioned in the original like sea beams @ tenhauser gate, attack ship on fire @ shoulder of oryan bla bla bla. Try to stay away from anything westworldy. Using a woman as main character would be a good idea..lets recycle Charlize…loved her in monster, promethius and snow white she would be perfect.