Sci-fi classic Blade Runner is definitely getting a sequel – but original director Ridley Scott won’t be at the helm.
Scott has revealed that the film should be in production within the next year, but he will be handing the reins over to someone else – exactly who is undecided, but Scott will still produce and develop the project alongside the 1982 original’s screenwriter Hampton Fancher.
“We 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,” the director told Variety.
Set in a futuristic Los Angeles, the original Blade Runner follows the attempts of bounty hunter/Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to track down and destroy a group of self-aware bioengineered androids, who are determined to overcome their pre-programmed degeneration and death. Fan speculation has long focused on the idea that Deckard is actually a replicant himself, though this has been refuted by some of the film’s creators.
While Scott has said that he always considered Deckard to be a replicant, producer Michael Deeley and Ford disagree, with writer Fancher preferring to leave the question ambiguous. However, Ford’s confirmed involvement in the new film may settle that question anyway as replicants were not supposed to be able to age.
Scott went on to describe what role the returning star would play, with Ford currently fresh from another return to an iconic role after filming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens earlier this year.
The director said: “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
Apparently, the hunter will become the hunted. And who knows? Maybe a replicant can alter himself to look a little older…
Ridley Scott’s next film Exodus: Gods and Kings will be released on 26th December