At the end of this year, 35 years after the original Blade Runner arrived, the movie will finally be getting a sequel. But as it turns out, Blade Runner 2049 could open the door to more movies in the series, according to series creator Ridley Scott.
Scott spoke with IGN to commemorate the anniversary of the original Blade Runner, and naturally that led to a few conversations about 2049. IGN mentioned Prometheus and Alien: Covenant as examples of Scott’s work revisiting a franchise he helped create and wondered if they had something similar in mind for Blade Runner, to which he replied:
“Yes. I think that, you know what, George has always proved that. Of course there’s always something. George Lucas. You know, and the way he’s handled Star Wars has been spectacular. It’s what I’ve been trying to do to really evolve Alien, because in those days I wasn’t into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, ‘Well, that’s stupid.’ I’ll use the word ‘duh’ again, right? You’d better get into sequels, duh. So, that’s in a way what I’ve been doing.”
While this might sound a bit like posturing for the “franchization” of the 1983 classic that didn’t necessarily need a sequel (even though Blade Runner 2049 certainly looks stunning), Scott and the others working on Blade Runner 2049 have repeatedly noted that there’s so much to the world that they created that has yet to be explored. Perhaps Blade Runner could end up becoming the John Wick of sci-fi franchises if they play their cards right. Scott most likely would stay aboard as a producer for these films, but given the fact that he was willing to cede control to Denis Villeneuve, he might not be as hands-on with this franchise as he’s been with Alien.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner 2049 will show audiences things they won’t believe on October 6, 2017. Its cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Hiam Abbass, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, and Robin Wright.