Ridley Scott Still Wants A Blade Runner 2, Do You?
Ridley Scott has made no secret of his desire to someday create a sequel to his sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. But in a recent interview with IGN, Harrison Ford admitted that he had been involved in conversations with Scott about the possibility of reprising his role as Deckard. So, it may well be that we are one step closer to what could be a big budget sequel to the 1982 hit, but has anyone stopped to ask the following? Do we NEED a sequel? Do we WANT a sequel?
Blade Runner was a marvelous film, that's one fact I will not deny. It's portrayal of a dystopian Los Angeles with it's life-like robot beings and villainous Tyrell Corporation was visionary for its time. But that was 1982, when Ridley Scott was approaching the height of his directorial powers. This is 2013, when Scott's latest directorial outings have been a lacklustre Robin Hood reboot and the much-maligned Prometheus.
The reaction of fans to the aforementioned Prometheus has shown us what happens when you tinker with a much-loved story, and Mr. Scott should take heed. Prometheus is, of course, a totally different ball game to that of Blade Runner. For a start, there was at least a hint of fan curiosity regarding an origin story for the Alien franchise. But I don't recall hearing masses of Blade Runner fans demanding another movie. Honestly, I just don't believe there is a desire for a sequel to this brilliant story. I mean, what else is there to explore? Everything that has endured about Blade Runner over the last 3 decades can be attributed to leaving viewers with a sense of mystery. It is a taste of the unknown.
So, please Hollywood, don't ruin this one for us.