News of director Ridley Scott developing a sequel to his beloved sci-fi classic Blade Runner is something of a polarizing topic. On one hand, you have the devoted fans of the highly influential film that feel it’s a work that simply should not be touched. It has garnered a massively devoted following over the years, and for many of those fans the prospect of making a sequel that is less than what’s come before is something of a nightmare scenario. On the other hand, the world of Blade Runner was so rich and fantastically realized that many people can’t help but be curious about what would be contained in a follow-up, and the idea of revisiting that vision of the future with the abilities of modern visual effects artists is also very attractive.
Director Ridley Scott, who seems to still be deciding whether or not to direct the new film, recently spoke with MTV News (via Variety) about the story of the sequel. In particular, he talked about the reaction that Rick Deckard himself, Harrison Ford, had to it. He said,
I sent him this (script) and he said, ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read,’ so it’s very relevant to what happened (in) the first one. I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects because you can’t really. ‘Blade Runner’ kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.
The report at Variety goes on to state that while Scott is debating whether or not to return to that world in the director’s chair, Ford himself is almost certainly a lock for the project to reprise his role as the replicant-hunting Blade Runner cop Rick Deckard. Ford, who turns 74 this coming summer, will certainly be playing an older Deckard, which could add some new superficial layer to the age-old question of whether or not his character was, in fact, one of the synthetic humans featured in the original film. Do replicants age?
Additionally, Scott spoke very briefly about the prospect of the sequel to 2012’s loose Alien prequel, Prometheus. As the first film concluded with Michael Fassbender’s David and Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Shaw leaving the Engineer planet together, the new film would focus on developing their relationship along with answering the questions posed by the first film.
Once [David’s] head goes back on, he’s really dangerous, but he’s also very seductive. So maybe he’ll persuade her to help him put the head back.
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