Last year, Ridley Scott returned to the science fiction genre with the Alien prequel Prometheus. Now it seems like Ridley Scott is going back to another one of his classic science fiction films with the new Blade Runner sequel.
According to The Wrap, Ridley Scott is in negotiations with screenwriter Michael Green to oversee the Blade Runner sequel’s screenplay. While it’s unclear if the new Blade Runner will be a direct sequel to the beloved 1982 original or just simply take place in the same universe, it is believed that the new film would take place many years after the original Blade Runner film. Ridley Scott is actively courting actor Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Los Angeles Police Department bounty hunter Rick Deckard. Maybe we’ll find out if Deckard is a human or replicant in the new film.
As for Michael Green, he was the screenwriter behind the painfully mediocre Green Lantern for director Martin Campbell. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for the superhero TV series Heroes in 2007. Michael Green also wrote for the Superman prequel TV series Smallville and created the alternate Biblical TV series Kings in 2009. So just based on Green’s previous work, it seems like he’s either hit or miss.
Of course, Blade Runner is not only a landmark film in Ridley Scott’s career, but also in science fiction as a whole. Based on Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” Blade Runner continues to influence many science fiction films today including Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake, Pacific Rim, and most recently Oblivion.
Considering that Blade Runner is more than 30 years old, its sequel might fall in line with something like Ridley Scott’s last film Prometheus, a movie that split audience and fan reactions right down the middle.