It looks as if that Blade Runner 2 is actually happening. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ridley Scott announced that the much-speculated sequel to his neo-noir science fiction tour-de-force has a finished script, saying that “it’s written and it’s damn good.” He goes on to suggest that Harrison Ford will also be returning as Rick Deckard, though the actor has yet to respond to these assertions. Original screenwriter Hampton Fancher and newcomer Michael Green were responsible for scripting duties.
Scott has expressed interest in directing a Blade Runner follow up for quite some time now, but the wait has been considerably longer for fans. The original film came out in 1982, which, in movie years, is practically ancient. Though it polarized critics and most ticket-buyers upon initial release, Blade Runner has since established itself as a cult classic, and is now regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. To many, Blade Runner is considered Scott’s masterpiece, and news of a sequel should subvert fears of the reboot-bug that tends to run through classic sci-fi offerings after the three-decade mark (see: Total Recall).
This is all exciting news, to be sure, but it brings forth a very interesting question (30-plus year old spoiler alert): if Harrison Ford is indeed returning as Decker, does that mean he actually wasn’t a replicant this whole time? It’s left ambiguous at the end of Blade Runner, though Scott has explicitly stated that Decker was an android, and it’s implied as such within his director’s cut of the film. If this is the case, how in the world are they going to explain the character’s aging? Replicants are not cyborgs, so they presumably don’t get older, and, well, there’s no getting around it: Ford is a geezer, and he looks the part. Does this implied casting wish answer the age-old question of Decker’s actual existence?
Purists may also cry foul given the fact that Philip K. Dick never actually wrote a sequel to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel behind the first Blade Runner film. Most will consider this a moot point, though; as with most Dick adaptations, Blade Runner isn’t an absolute translation, and at the end of the day, it stands pretty far removed from the source material.
Even with this news, there’s going to be a wait. Scott is currently working on The Martian, another sci-fi film starring Matt Damon, and his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings is slated for release this coming December. If that weren’t enough, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the 72-year-old director also has a script for Prometheus 2 completed, so fans of his work have quite a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
Via: The Verge