Ridley Scott Wants to Continue Making 'Blade Runner' Sequels

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 7:20PM
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Friday, 23 June 2017 - 7:20PM
Ridley Scott Wants to Continue Making 'Blade Runner' Sequels
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Have you ever wondered why the recent Alien prequels, Prometheus and Covenant, don't really feel like they work? It might be in large part thanks to director Ridley Scott's inspiration with the series, something that could seep into his other rebooted franchise, Blade Runner.

Yes, at their heart, they are supposed to be Alien movies, but Scott's working from a different franchise playbook as he puts them together. Speaking to IGN, he explained that he's taken up a philosophy that expanded universes are the path to success, apparently trying to make something akin to the Star Wars prequels. What's more, he's also stated that he's planning the same thing with Blade Runner.

No seriously, here's a direct quote from Scott about whether he sees Blade Runner as a potential expanded universe like Alien:

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"I think that, you know what, George has always proved that. Of course there's always something. George Lucas. You know, and the way he's handled Star Wars has been spectacular. It's what I've been trying to do to really evolve Alien, because in those days I wasn't into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, 'Well, that's stupid.' I'll use the word 'duh' again, right? You'd better get into sequels, duh. So that's in a way what I've been doing."
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That explains a lot about the Alien prequels, and why Scott's suddenly decided he wants to franchise everything in spite of lacking a cohesive, relevant story to tell. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise - after all, what's the point in casting a new, young, spritely Ryan Gosling in the lead role of Blade Runner 2049 if you're only going to make one movie?

It's hard not to hear the warning bells as Scott talks about The Phantom Menace as his inspiration for making these movies. Thankfully he's not directing 2049, leaving it to the more focused Denis Villeneuve, who's made some strong sci-fi films like Arrival much more recently. So that movie still has potential to be great, but the series could be in trouble.



The problem with Scott's approach is it saps the mystery and intrigue from the movie franchise. Prometheus and Alien: Covenant were both met with negative reviews because of how they retroactively color the original movies, adding in backstory that's not only unnecessary, but that makes the alien xenomorphs, and even the Weyland-Yutani corporation, feel so much less impressive. Just as midichlorians and rants about sand make the Force and Darth Vader, respectively, less impressive in Star Wars, the same is beginning to happen with Scott's franchises.

This could include Blade Runner, as Scott has hinted in an interview that we might find out a concrete answer as to whether or not Rick Deckard from the original movie is a replicant. This is not a good idea for the original movie's story, as this question is a defining element of (at least some cuts of) the movie. Ridley Scott has talked about "cranking" out future Alien movies for as long as people are willing to pay for them. This seems awfully like a paycheck for him.

One can only hope that if Blade Runner becomes the next endless franchise, it'll be Villeneuve, rather than the increasingly unpopular Ridley Scott, that calls the shots on the universe's future evolution.

Blade Runner 2049 comes out October 6, 2017.
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