I just so don’t need or shall see the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel. Maybe they could just go back to the book and film that? Would love to see all the religious stuff.
Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
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 “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
So, in short, the sequel will take place “some years after” the events of the original Blade Runner and may (or may not) be based on Scott and Fancher’s original, unrealized concept of a series of films.
Scott also talked with The Daily Beast about Blade Runner 2’s status and the sex of the film’s protagonist, saying:
“Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”
FROM SCREEN RANT. THE BIG STUFF – WILL BE A SEQUEL BUT NO CHARACTERS FROM THE ORIGINAL WILL RETURN. WHY BOTHER?
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.
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.
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 STILL NO IDEA IF IT IS A REMAKE OR REBOOT, BUT WILL BE IN 3D.
After revisiting his classic Alien with the upcoming 3D Fox film Prometheus, Ridley Scott is committing to direct and produce a film that advances his other seminal and groundbreaking science fiction film from the past. Scott has signed on to direct and produce a new installment of Blade Runner. He’ll make the film with Alcon Entertainment, producing with Alcon partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
I’m not getting a clear sense at this point whether Scott intends to do a sequel or a prequel to the 1982 film that was loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Also unclear is whether they start fresh or reach out to Harrison Ford. The original took place in dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, in which organic superhuman robots called replicants escaped and are hiding somewhere on earth. Ford played Richard Deckard, a burnt out blade runner assigned to hunt them down.
The film was not a blockbuster when first released–it grossed $32 million in its original run–but the film has gained esteem over time. From the bleak but breathtaking visuals to the complex storyline and themes of mortality, Blade Runner became a classic. There has periodically been talks of doing a sequel but those never really went anywhere.
FUCK KNOWS WHAT SET IN THE SAME UNIVERSE MEANS. HERE IS WHAT THE PRODUCERS HAD TO SAY…… WILL BE YEARS BEFORE IT IS OUT. THIS IS VERY EARLY DAYS. I WILL BE 50 BEFORE THIS SEES THE DARK OF A CINEMA.
Alcon Entertainment heads Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove spoke to 24 Frames about the behind-closed-doors maneuvering that eventually led to Scott being brought back for another trip to the Blade Runner world of renegade replicants and futuristic metropolitan landscapes.
“We had a few Plan Bs. But we were really focusing on Plan A, which was Ridley… 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… We want people to know that we’re very serious about doing this in an artistic way. This isn’t just commercial fodder.”
The work on a new Blade Runner movie has only just begun, with Scott and his fellow producers having outlined a plan for how the project will pay homage (stylistically and thematically) to the original, while also bringing something new to the table – and not merely aping the design of the many sci-fi flicks that were either inspired or heavily influenced by Blade Runner over the past 29 years. However, fans will have to patient to find out exactly what that plan entails.
However, one thing is certain about the new film: it won’t feature Harrison Ford as an older version of Rick Deckard. As Kosove put 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.”