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Word on the street a couple of weeks back, was that Ridley Scott was really happy with the Blade Runner 2 script, but that he would not be directing the long awaited follow-up to the original science-fiction masterpiece. This piece of news was well sourced and came straight from the horse’s mouth. Well it turns out that a certain someone is still undecided about the next project that they plan to pick up – and that certain someone is Ridley Scott – who is currently working on The Martian  (a big screen adaptation of Andy Weir‘s popular space survival movie). Therefore, it looks like Scott will have a big decision to make when he has wrapped post-production on The Martian next year. Will Scott direct Blade Runner 2, or will he direct Prometheus 2?

By the sounds of things, the problem lies with how attached to the project Scott has become. He co-developed the script alongside Hampton Fancher – who was the original screenwriter on the first movie, (which was an adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). The screenplay was then revised by Michael Green (Heroes, Green Lantern), and now they have a draft of a shooting script ready for production. Scott has already – somewhat disappointingly – revealed that the sequel will see Harrison Ford returning as Rick Deckard in the third and final act of the movie (…a glorified cameo maybe?), and he has stated that the film will “definitely” include a female protagonist.

Harrison Ford & Ridley Scott

Scott spoke to Yahoo! Movies about long awaited sequel when he was promoting his upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings (which opens on the 12th next week). He noted that, due to the nature of the project, he “[didn’t] know about [not directing ‘Blade Runner 2] yet,” he also stated that he was unsure that anybody else could be recruited for the job saying:

“The [‘Blade Runner 2’] script is very, very good. Very good. I wouldn’t know [what sort of director we’d want]. It’s a hard one to track because it’s a very personal piece of my work. [‘Blade Runner’] may be one of the most personal pieces I did. I got so beaten up for it, I said I’d never try that again. But here we are. It’s sitting there ready to be made.”

So, as mentioned above, it looks like Scott has a big decision on his hands about what film to direct next. A lot of fans who were disappointed with Prometheus, blamed it on the fact that Scott had to project his own vision atop of a  film in its original form (when it was announced that Damon Lindelof (Lost) was penning the script, that ruffled some feathers). Looking at it that way, that’s probably what Scott means when he says he is unsure if anyone else can direct Blade Runner 2 – as he and Hampton Fancher have been so embedded within the developmental stages they probably have every infinitesimal detail ‘down to a T’. It could be quite frustrating for Scott if another director were to come onboard and churn out a film that ends up totally different to what he and Fancher originally had in mind. So, that is the positive side of the argument; for Scott to see this project through to the very end, with his own vision and his own script.

However, maybe what the film needs is for someone fresh to come on board – a younger director perhaps – full of spunk and vigor, as anyone who is a fan of Blade Runner must have seen the documentary Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner by now (if you haven’t, I suggest you get your hands on a copy!). The original Blade Runner burned Scott out, to the point that he swore he would never revisit the world he had created ever again. If that is the case, then if it turns out to be a trainwreck, we can ignore it as a sequel due to it being directed by someone else –  in a similar vein to Jonathan Mostow‘s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

It’s a difficult one indeed, as the Prometheus sequel has so much potential, whereas Blade Runner 2 seems like much more of a gamble, considering it is a sequel to a 30 year old film.

Scott concluded the interview by saying:

“We’re getting close to a final decision about who will be leading the project forward.”

Which means, we will have a better idea of what’s going to happen with the Prometheus sequel. What do you think? Should Ridley Scott’s next film be Blade Runner 2 or Prometheus?

Via – ScreenRant

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