Big news this week if you’re a fan of Ridley Scott and his 1982 sci-fi noir classic Blade Runner. We heard a bit of chatter earlier this year about a new Blade Runner movie when Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to produce a spin-off from the original film. At the time, they said that they would love to work with Scott on a new movie set in this universe, but most people assumed that he would not be interested and that the idea would only end badly for all involved. Well, this week we finally have reason to be hopeful: Ridley Scott has officially signed on “to direct and produce a new installment of Blade Runner.” Now the question we’re all asking is, what exactly does that mean?
The good news is that this won’t be a remake, since Alcon only has the rights to “produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film.” However, at the moment, no one knows if it will it be a sequel, a prequel, or a spin-off that focuses on completely new characters. Perhaps we can find a hint in a project that Ridley Scott was supposedly involved in a couple of years ago: a web series that was loosely connected to Blade Runner, set sometime before the year 2019.
Either way, with Ridley Scott currently revisiting Alien from a new perspective with the movie Prometheus, he is clearly in the right mindset to revisit some of his seminal early works. Even if you haven’t been impressed with a lot of his recent output, you have to be excited about the prospects. What do you think, is this good news? Can a Blade Runner sequel or spin-off even come close to the original and is Ridley Scott the right man to direct it?