The 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, is one of my all-time favorite science fiction movies. I love everything about it—the story, the setting, the cinematography, the characters, everything. In fact, I recently got around to reading the original source material for the movie, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and it was amazing. So, I was cautiously excited when I heard that a sequel was in the works.
But for me to really be on board with this, two requirements needed to be met. Harrison Ford would need to be involved, and Ridley Scott would need to direct. Well, according to a press release today from Alcon Entertainment, one of these things is happening (great), and one of them is definitely NOT happening (bummer). Harrison Ford will be returning to reprise his role as Rick Deckard (I mean, presumably it’ll be Deckard), but Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), not Ridley, is attached to direct.
From the Alcon press release:
We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.
I’m not all that familiar with Denis Villeneuve’s work. I liked Prisoners well enough, but besides that I don’t have much to go on. The first Blade Runner was a beautiful masterpiece, an exceptional fusion of genres, mixing science fiction with noir mystery. It was brilliant, and I’m hoping that anyone chosen to direct the sequel will understand that aesthetic as well as how to execute a fresh, kick-ass story. The Hampton and Michael they are referring to in the press release are screenwriters Hampton Fincher, who wrote the original, and Michael Green, who wrote Green Lantern. I don’t know about you, but that last name sends warning klaxons blaring through my head.
Blade Runner 2 is to be set several decades after the first film, which stands to reason since Harrison Ford is much, much older now. I can’t help but wonder if this will finally put to rest the myth that Deckard was actually a replicant. I mean, replicants don’t age physically. Or do they?
Honestly, I don’t have much hope for this sequel. One of the things that really made the first movie awesome was Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty. And since, SPOILER ALERT, Roy Batty died in the first movie, I imagine it’ll just be an aged Rick Deckard chasing around some new, improved super replicant that the old Voight-Kampff machine can’t detect. I guess we’ll see. As always, I’m cautiously optimistic, but so much time has passed, I just feel like this is something Hollywood’s going to mess up. Also, the movie isn’t due to start filming until next year, giving Harrison Ford more time to get even older.
So, are you looking forward to the Blade Runner sequel? Or do you think maybe this sci-fi classic should be left alone?
SOURCE: Alcon Entertainment, Firstshowing.net