by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Blade Runner 2 is swiftly moving along and producer Ridley Scott is in a talking mood. While promoting The Martian the filmmaker took the time to answer questions from Yahoo regarding Harrison Ford as a replicant, Ryan Golsing and sequels.
That’s right folks. If all goes well, we may get more Blade Runner in the future.
But first things first. One of the biggest contentions is whether or not Rick Deckard, Ford’s character from the 1982 sci-fi classic, is a replicant or not. Through the various cuts of the film it could go either way. Ridley says that we’ll get the definitive answer in the sequel:
Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it… I’m not going to tell you [how the question of replicant expiration is addressed]. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense.
Now, Ryan Gosling is also involved and there may be a “passing the torch” element here in regards to him taking over for Ford in the upcoming film:
[The original film] was 2017 (EDIT: The first film was actually set in 2019), so coming back it’ll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.
Even though he’ll be involved, Ridley Scott will not be directing. That honor goes to Sicario helmer Denis Villeneuve. But the filmmaker is still of the mind that he’ll get last say in the final product that goes up on the silver screen:
Oh, yeah. I mean, I always have final cut on everything, really. Partly because I’m very user-friendly. I always believe when you’re given X amount of money by someone to f–k around with and make a movie, you can’t draw lines in the sand. If I was an investor and you did that to me, I’d remove your ankles. So don’t do the auteur s–t. I respect the guy for giving the money and I respect the studio for saying, “Yeah, you want to do this, here we go.”
And it seems like sequels are the name of the game when it comes to Scott’s franchises. First Prometheus is being rumored to spawn at least three more installments. Now he’s saying we’ll get more Blade Runner should all go well on this one:
Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say “Work to live,” and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.
I’m all for more films as long as they have a story to tell. The first Blade Runner is a bit of a sacred cow amongst cinephiles. Let’s just see if Gosling can fill Ford’s shoes and Villeneuve can give the fans a sequel worthy of the name first.