Building off the recent Comic-Con buzz for next year’s ‘Alien’ prequel, it was announced last week that Ridley Scott is also working on a sequel to his seminal science fiction film ‘Blade Runner’. Is this a good idea or a very, very bad one? Vote after the break.
Make no mistake; I love ‘Blade Runner‘. It’s one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. However, I can’t help being leery of this talk about a sequel. The original film stands perfectly on its own. Too much time has passed, and Ridley Scott is simply not the director he used to be. Honestly, I don’t think he’s made much of anything worthwhile since ‘Blade Runner’. I fear that a sequel this late in the game would only be a pale shadow of the original, if not an outright desecration.
At this early stage, the project has barely even started development. No writer has been hired, much less a script been written. Scott and his producers at Alcon Entertainment haven’t even decided whether the movie will be a sequel or a prequel. The only thing for certain right now is that it will not be a remake. That much was actually dictated in the contract when Alcon acquired the rights to the property. I’d venture a guess that Harrison Ford will not return. He and Ridley Scott had a miserable working relationship the first time around, and Ford has stated many times that he hates the film.
Personally, I think that a direct sequel or prequel to the original storyline is a bad idea. On the other hand, I’d be open to a new story that happens to be set in the same universe as ‘Blade Runner’ without many direct ties to the prior plot or characters. That’s reportedly the approach that Scott is taking with ‘Prometheus’, his ‘Alien’ prequel/not-really-a-prequel. (‘Prometheus’ also has the advantage of following in the footsteps of several previous sequels of varying quality, so the franchise’s legacy is harder to tarnish. That’s not the case with ‘Blade Runner’.)
What do you think of this news?