In a lengthy profile piece on Variety, Ridley Scott has confirmed that he will not be directing the sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, and that Blade Runner 2 is poised to begin production next year.
Scott, aged 76, is has been working extremely hard recently, with films like Prometheus, The Counsellor and Exodus: Gods and Kings all released within two years of each other, and he is currently prepping new sci-fi The Martian to begin shooting shortly. Fans already know that Scott is talking about making sequels to both Prometheus and Blade Runner, however it is already known that it is doubtful he will direct Prometheus 2, and will only serve as writer and producer.
It now sounds like he will be doing the same with Blade Runner 2, as the report in Variety confirms that another director will helm the sequel, and Scott will write and produce. Scott revealed a little about the Blade Runner 2 story arc, and how Harrison Ford could return as Deckard (he has yet to confirm if he will return, but the expectancy is that he will for a small role).
“[Screenwriter Hampton Fancher and I] talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one.”
Scott explained that Ford’s involvement will be minimal, but very significant to the story:
“Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
Here is the press release sent out in May offering Ford the chance to return as Deckard, and giving a few brief details on what could be one of the biggest sci-fi sequels ever released:
Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (‘Prisoners,’ ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘The Book of Eli’) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) and Michael Green are the screenwriters.
While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
State Johnson and Kosove: “We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.”
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.
Released by Warner Bros., “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).
“Blade Runner” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.