The 'Blade Runner' Sequel Gets a Great Director, and Another Original Star Wants to Join Harrison Ford
Don’t freak; it’s not Sean Young. Yet.
Here we go again with another unnecessary sequel, but instead of our usual bitching and moaning, let’s try to focus on the good.
1. Ridley Scott wants the Blade Runner sequel to happen. I know that sounds like a small thing, especially on the heels of Prometheus, but I do think an original film director’s attitude toward a sequel or reboot bears some consideration. Does it guarantee greatness? Of course not! But clearly his involvement did guarantee the original star’s return. Which brings me to the next point.
2. Harrison Ford (confirmed to star) — who seems poised to make comebacks to many of his originals (hope he gets an Indy cameo, too!) — reportedly read the sequel script and loved it. Written by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green (who’s also writing Prometheus 2), Ford told Scott it’s “the best thing he’s ever read,” and agreed to return as replicant Rick Deckard (not in voiceover). Scott and Fancher came up with the sequel idea — which takes place several decades later — together.
3. Scott promised he’s not just making the film to throw a bunch of effects and action out there; the intention is to stay true to the original. “With Blade Runner, we landed on a somehow very credible future. It’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”
4. The sequel is about to land an excellent director: Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) is “in talks.” Ridley Scott will produce the film. With the other pans he’s got in the fire (The Martian, Prometheus 2), and knowing Scott’s need for absolute precision and control over Blade Runner, it’s impressive he’s turning things over to another director. Villeneuve has already proven himself a master of mood and character, who as Dustin noted, knows how to bring out the best in an actor.
5. Joanna Cassidy, who worked with her own pet snake in the original film (which she’s watched over 40 times), wants to reprise her role as Zhora. “My thought about it is they should, because the replicants were based on real people, I think they should shoot the real people, being as they are, as humans. So I could show up, couldn’t I? I haven’t been retired.” Cassidy spoke with THR after her win as Best TV Comedy Actress at the Canadian Screen Awards.