The idea of Blade Runner 2 is a tricky proposition for most of us, especially happening 30 plus years down the road. It sounds exciting at first, like, “Ooh, more Blade Runner,” but when we start to actually think about what that means all the creeping fears and concerns materialize, and we worry that it will be terrible and taint the legacy of the first film. There’s a script for Blade Runner 2, and apparently at least one key player, Harrison Ford, thinks it’s pretty awesome.
Pumping his latest film, the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott stopped to talk to MTV, and as happens rather frequently, the subject of Blade Runner 2 came up. (So did Prometheus 2, which we’ll get to as well.) Scott confirmed that the screenplay is ready to go, but also reiterated that he’s not going to direct. (Honestly, after watching Exodus, which is a jumbled mess of a movie, and more than anything boring as all hell, this bit of news doesn’t bum me out as much as it did a couple of weeks ago.)
Harrison… said this is the best thing I’ve ever read. So he’s very relevant to what happened in the first one. I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how father we can go with the special effects because you can’t really. With Blade Runner we kind of landed on a somehow credible future and its very difficult to change than because it’s been so influential with everything else.
We knew that Ford is down to reprise his role as Deckard, if the script is right, and if what Scott shared is true, it sounds like it has his approval, at least in an unofficial capacity. This could all be hyperbole or even straight up misinformation though, so we should take it with a grain of salt.
There still isn’t much known about the potential story, but at the same time as we heard about Scott not directing, it also came out that Deckard doesn’t show up until late in the movie, sometime in the third act. The way it sounds, much of the plot revolves around a search for him, kind of like the rumored search for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s not quite how most of us imagined this would go down, and we’re curious to see how it all shakes out.
While he won’t direct Blade Runner 2, Scott will reportedly still helm Prometheus 2 after he’s done with The Martian. He also said that the next foray into the Prometheus realm will focus on the android David (Michael Fassbender) and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), which isn’t terribly surprising given the ending of the first film. He had this to say:
You have too, you can have a person go off into the galaxy, and have a person who still has his head off. Once that head goes back on, he’s really dangerous. But he’s also very seductive, so maybe he’ll persuade her to help him put the head back.
So we should be most scared of robots that actually have their heads still attached, noted.
There’s no real timeline for either Blade Runner 2 or Prometheus 2, but they could both start shooting sometime next year.