Yep. A big “Sorry!” to those of you who were secretly hoping that Harrison Ford ends up fronting Blade Runner 2…or whatever they end up calling it. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Ridley Scott made it clear that not only will he likely be moving forward with his Angelina Jolie-starring biopic of Gertrude Bell soon, but his intended film afterwards will have a female protagonist as well…
What about the rumored Blade Runner sequel?
Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.
Does this mean we won’t have a male protagonist as well? Of course not, but who cares? Does it mean that Harrison won’t be reprising his role of Deckard? No, but I’m not expecting that to come to pass anyway. If his upcoming Alien prequel* Prometheus is anything to go by, I wouldn’t expect any returning characters in his proposed sequel to Blade Runner. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling he will take a similar route with this revisitation as well. We will be returning to the world of Blade Runner and everything that it entails, but I’ll be surprised if the story itself has too many (if any) direct connections to the original.
Regardless of how things turn out, it seems like we have a fairly clear timeline of Ridley’s next few films: Prometheus (2012), The Counselor (2013), Gertrude Bell, and Blade Runner 2. Is there room for Prometheus 2, should one be possible? Assuming Scott wants to direct it himself, I imagine he will once again take his time with it and position it sometime after his next foray into the realm of science fiction.
And now I leave you with this…
* – Sorry Sir Scott & Co., we’re not stupid and you aren’t doing a very good job of hiding the truth.