Ridley Scott Signs On For Blade Runner Sequel

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Ridley Scott Signs On For Blade Runner Sequel

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Blade Runner director Ridley Scott has agreed to helm a follow-up to the 1982 sci-fi epic.

For those of you born post-1990, Blade Runner is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? Superficially it's the story of a man hunting down android killers, though (depending on which version you watch) it also serves as a meditation on what it means to actually be human.

The film features Harrison Ford, Sean Young and the most intense Rutger Hauer performance not centered on transient vigilantes. Most critics adore Blade Runner, and rank it alongside Alien (another film directed by Scott) as one of the finest science fiction efforts ever committed to the silver screen.

Now, nearly 30 years after the film's debut, Scott has agreed to revisit the universe. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, Scott said production is already rolling along nicely, and that he is currently seeking a screenwriter to assist in crafting a final script.

"I think I'm close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver. We're quite a long way in, actually," Scott says.

As for what exactly this new film might be about, that remains a question mark. Though Scott specifically says that this new tale won't focus on the original's cast of characters, he did mention his impression that the original "is very much about humanity," offering a subtle hint that the follow-up will likewise focus on the original's core existential query.

Revisiting his early successes seems to be a key theme for Scott these days, as the director recently finished filming Prometheus, a movie tied to the same mythos as 1979's Alien.

So, what would you like to see in a new Blade Runner film? I've got my fingers crossed for some of them glittering C-beams.

Source: Speakeasy

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Will the general populous have be sporting a hardcore 80's style will it be set in the year 2020?

Seriously though I just watched the movie for the first time a couple years ago and was kind of disappointed because of the above. I'm all for a sequel but unlike Alien this will certainly point out some flaws in the original.

I dont mind, its by the same guy and apparently it wont be just another direct sequel from the first one, since it isnt about the same characters. Its kind of like the same situation with Bishock and Bioshock Infinite.

Rutger Hauer getting cast would be nice, as it's always nice to hear your fellow countrymen become famous, such as actress Carice van Houten.

Also dikes, cheese, van gogh, rembrand, clogs, mud, clay, philips, market garden, tulips and windmills. Guess were I'm from...And no, it's not Belgium.

John the Gamer:
Rutger Hauer getting cast would be nice, as it's always nice to hear your fellow countrymen become famous, such as actress Carice van Houten.

You do remember that character died, right?

I wasn't particularly fussed with Bladerunner and I'll be honest I didn't get Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (it seems awfully written, but in a way that appears to be on purpose by a clever guy, but not for comedy or satire)

The cool thing about Bladerunner was it basically wrote the book on how distopias look, the problem with a sequel is everyones copied the book for the last 30 years.

Also I'm unconvinced about how dreams about unicorns have that much of a commentary on what it means to be human :D

This could work. A good plot would be to have two replicants escape together from the drudgery of their current existence, which in turn leads to a dangerous journey across america with both their owners and the authorities in hot pursuit. The ending could have the replicants showing everyone that they are truly independent by driving a car off a cliff.

BrotherRool:
I wasn't particularly fussed with Bladerunner and I'll be honest I didn't get Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (it seems awfully written, but in a way that appears to be on purpose by a clever guy, but not for comedy or satire)

The cool thing about Bladerunner was it basically wrote the book on how distopias look, the problem with a sequel is everyones copied the book for the last 30 years.

Also I'm unconvinced about how dreams about unicorns have that much of a commentary on what it means to be human :D

The unicorn dream from the film doesn't work within the context of Bladerunner. Mainly because it's not mentioned at all (as far as I can remember).

In the book, the unicorn dream is something that andorids have. The protagonist has one of those dreams, thus resulting in him questioning his own existence as a human.

OT: A sequel could be interesting (I love Ridley Scott) although I'd prefer it to be left alone...

OutrageousEmu:

John the Gamer:
Rutger Hauer getting cast would be nice, as it's always nice to hear your fellow countrymen become famous, such as actress Carice van Houten.

You do remember that character died, right?

Sure, but:

1: He's old now so they won't notice(different role/prequel), and
2: Zombies are totally in this decade.

While its a good film, im very against sequels to films been made, when the last one in the series was before i was born (in 1990 if anyone wondered). They seem to be doing it a bit atm, a bettlejuice sequel, ghostbusters 3, is there so few good film ideas left that films from the 80s or before need sequels?

And if you dont believe that doing sequels that far apart is a mistake, then look at star wars, the prequel trilogy was planned and that was still terrible.

OutrageousEmu:

John the Gamer:
Rutger Hauer getting cast would be nice, as it's always nice to hear your fellow countrymen become famous, such as actress Carice van Houten.

You do remember that character died, right?

He was a replicant. Did you think he was unique? I see no problem but he would seem to be a little older than six years old these days. Could be cool, or it could suck. I'd like to see a cameo from Edward James Olmos though.

It is a shame Hannibal Chew was murdered in the original. I'd like to see him return. I just do eyes, ju-, ju-, just eyes... just genetic design, just eyes. You Nexus, huh? I design your eyes.

Tips_of_Fingers:
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The unicorn dream from the film doesn't work within the context of Bladerunner. Mainly because it's not mentioned at all (as far as I can remember).

In the book, the unicorn dream is something that andorids have. The protagonist has one of those dreams, thus resulting in him questioning his own existence as a human.

OT: A sequel could be interesting (I love Ridley Scott) although I'd prefer it to be left alone...

Deckard has a weird unicorn dream. Gath knows he has the dream. (He leaves an origami unicorn for Deckard to find). What does it mean? You decide.

Tips_of_Fingers:

BrotherRool:
I wasn't particularly fussed with Bladerunner and I'll be honest I didn't get Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (it seems awfully written, but in a way that appears to be on purpose by a clever guy, but not for comedy or satire)

The cool thing about Bladerunner was it basically wrote the book on how distopias look, the problem with a sequel is everyones copied the book for the last 30 years.

Also I'm unconvinced about how dreams about unicorns have that much of a commentary on what it means to be human :D

The unicorn dream from the film doesn't work within the context of Bladerunner. Mainly because it's not mentioned at all (as far as I can remember).

In the book, the unicorn dream is something that andorids have. The protagonist has one of those dreams, thus resulting in him questioning his own existence as a human.

OT: A sequel could be interesting (I love Ridley Scott) although I'd prefer it to be left alone...

Even in the film that's kinda seeable. But it doesn't really do anything because it's about as much commentary as a sign saying "What if he's not human?!". And I think they practically do that already in some of the dialogue of the film

icketse 106

Blade Runner's biggest impact was on the design and vision of cyberpunk. Much like the Fifth Element it's easy to tear apart when looked at closely but when you sit back and absorb the visual it's breathtaking.

This is interesting. I'd have immediately dismissed this if Ridley Scott wasn't attached to it.

I really need to watch Blade Runner but can someone tell me what version to watch though? I hear there are a LOT of versions.

Scott said production is already rolling along nicely, and that he is currently seeking a screenwriter to assist in crafting a final script.

So you're looking for a writer halfway in?

Christ, screenwriters get treated worse than MacDonald's workers.

I dont see how this sequal can possibly live up to its predecessor, but if we let that stop us we'd never make anything new for fear it wouldnt be better than the last thing. Saying that though i wish hollywood would quit it with the constant sequal making and rebooting.

Earnest Cavalli:

For those of you born post-1990, Blade Runner is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Why do people born pre-1990 sometimes assume people born post-1990 either don't know or don't care about things that happened before the year they were born? Sometimes people watch older movies. Blade Runner isn't just a piece of '80s pop culture, it's not something you had to be there and see when it came out to know what it is.

In relation to the original Blade Runner, I'd like this to be like Human Revolution was to the original Deus Ex - a well-made piece of media that, whilst leaning on hints of connection between the two, can be enjoyed on it's own merits.

The setting definitely has some more stories that can be told.

Get Vangelis out of semi-retirement and on board, and we're golden.

eugh...why.. why cant they just leave things alone in hollywood? Just make one successful, good film without the obligatory milking session a few decades later.

Although that being said, if it were to come anywhere close to the titan of a piece that the first one was, i'll probably end up enjoying it anyway :)

Quiet Stranger:
I really need to watch Blade Runner but can someone tell me what version to watch though? I hear there are a LOT of versions.

The first one i watched was the latest directors cut - not that long ago. From the large number of people that i've seen comment on the issue, i think the majority confirm that the last is also the most..."complete" of the films - but that they're all very relevant in different ways.

I don't suppose the title is "Attack of the Replicants"?

Still, I guess it COULD be good...

Quiet Stranger:
I really need to watch Blade Runner but can someone tell me what version to watch though? I hear there are a LOT of versions.

Go with the directors cut, then watch the theatrical. they have different endings.

lewiswhitling:
eugh...why.. why cant they just leave things alone in hollywood? Just make one successful, good film without the obligatory milking session a few decades later.

Although that being said, if it were to come anywhere close to the titan of a piece that the first one was, i'll probably end up enjoying it anyway :)

I kinda liked Tron: Legacy but that's mainly because there was a lot of movement and colorful lights. That being said I'm sure they'll find some way to totally fuck up a great movie, hey it's what Hollywood does.

Ridley Scott?

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

Normally, I'd be completely opposed to something like this... but Ridley Scott's absolute confidence in this project just seems to calm my nerd-raging soul.... I don't understand how this is happening...

..... I mean it's not like the Blade Runner universe is too small to explore further... and by not bringing back any original characters... it might not feel like some George Lucas abomination.

The only thing that's feel odd to me.. is that they'll have to try to bring back the dystopian 2019 Los Angeles which looked more Asian/Hong Kong-influenced. That's less than 10 years away and I don't think LA looks like that...

Normaly this is the kind of news I would take with a sigh and think "it might not suck". But this is Ridley Scott!

Ridley Scott is a septuagenarian, isn't he? I hope the shoot for this one is not as hellish as his shoot for the first one was, otherwise he'd probably die.

First the Alien prequel, now this. I am conflicted.
On the one hand, Ridley Scott is involved, but it is a sequel to one of the most influential SF films of all time. Perhaps after I watch Prometheus I will have a more developed opinion on the matter.

i love blade runner. for me, one of the best SIFIs ever made. got my self the collectors edition with 5 version of the movie and some other goodies.
good ot hear that the sequel is made by the same director and does not follow with the same characters.
i will keep an eye on it.

What the writer means by "depending on which version you watch"?

There are seven different versions of Blade Runner. You can safely ignore all but the "Final Cut".

Am trying to suppress my premature-ejaculation. Its such a good thing that Philip wrote a sequel, right ;? Nevertheless, sounds like a marriage made in heaven, particularly gien the fact that Ridley is now pretty ancient and soesn't need the cash. I'm hoping for a labour of love, and my optimsim will only be adulterated when I see botoxed androids in the promotional vids.

Ah excellent, all those wretched 'sequel' books can now be consigned to realm of Fan Fiction where they belong

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