Ok, I can't hold off anymore. I am finally allowing myself to believe this will happen. The talent being lined up is too hard to deny. And Ridley not directing but still heavily involved makes me think we might get the best of both worlds... assistance in the design and preparing shots, but there's still an actual director that hopefully can participate to avoid bad decisionmaking.
BLADE RUNNER is one of those movies that has a lot of things glimpsed in the corner of the screen that gets your imagination running, but doesn't explain. Hopefully BR2 won't be like Prometheus, taking a tantalizing mystery and fleshing it out poorly. It's very much an unnecessary movie. But I feel there is a ton of potential to explore. And on top of that, it's a 'franchise' where thematic content is almost expected, so that along with the talent being assembled gives me hope that this won't just be a dumb shiny action movie.