It’s hard to believe now but Blade Runner wasn’t exactly a hit when it arrived in theaters. It opened a week after the debut of E.T. and was instantly crushed at the box office by Spielberg’s instant classic. Over time we’ve come to regard Blade Runner as a classic too, but had it taken off right away there’s a chance Ridley Scott might have made a sequel then, instead of waiting 30-years to get around to it.
But, better late than never. Blade Runner 2 is happening under Ridley Scott’s direction and a few hours ago we learned that the screenwriter of the 1982 movie has been hired to write a sequel. The sequel will be set a few years after the original, but not 30-years after, so Harrison Ford won’t be able to return as Deckard. Don’t worry, it doesn’t sound like they’re casting someone else to play the character. Instead they’re centering the movie on a woman.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast Ridley Scott had this to say about his Blade Runner follow-up…
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.
Ridley Scott has a history of making women the focus of his science fiction movies. He is, after all, the guy responsible for making Sigourney Weaver a famous action star. The trailers for Prometheus make it look like he may do the same for Noomi Rapace, who co-stars in that movie with Charlize Theron. Sci-fi heroines and Ridley Scott go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is the right move for the Blade Runner sequel.