After more than thirty years, Sir Scott Ridley’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep is finally getting a sequel titled Blade Runner 2049. However, more movies about the sci-fi world might be coming in the following years. The renowned filmmaker stated in a new interview that he is interested in expanding the world first introduced on the big screen in 1982.
Blade Runner Empire
Inspired by George Lucas, Scott expanded the Alien franchise beyond the original movies. With Prometheus and the most recent Alien: Covenant, the filmmaker was able to give more depth to the mythology of the xenomorphs by following the creatures’ origins. It looks like Scott wanted to the same thing for Blade Runner.
Speaking to IGN, Scott talked about what the future of the franchise would look like beyond Dennis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.
“Yes,” he answered when asked if he could see a bigger world around Blade Runner beyond just one or two movies. “[T]he way [Lucas has] 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.”
Scott previously said that he still wants to milk a few more movies from the Alien franchise. Of course, whether a Blade Runner cinematic empire could be created around the popular sci-fi movie depends on whether the sequel will make money at the box office. The original 1982 movie was not much of a success when it was released in theaters.
Over time, Blade Runner found its audience and gathered its own cult following. This led to the creation of the sequel more than thirty years after.
Will The Sequel Live Up To The Original?
However, even Villeneuve is uncertain about his new movie’s success. The filmmaker behind the Academy Award-nominated sci-fi movie Arrival stated that he has made peace with the possibility of failure.
“Ryan Gosling and I made peace with the idea that the chances of success were very narrow,” the director told The Hollywood Reporter while attending CineEurope in Barcelona. That does not mean that his sequel is horrible. Rather, he signed up to do the sequel because it offered a strong script. “But no matter what you do, no matter how good what you’re doing is, the film will always be compared to the first, which is a masterpiece,” he explained.
The pressure to make the sequel on par with the original is quite high. Villeneuve even claimed that making Blade Runner 2049 is the “biggest artistic challenge” of his career to date.
However, he did have Scott, who served as a producer, on speed dial if he needs any help, but the Sicario director is most thankful that he was given enough creative freedom to make the movie. “He said, ‘it’s your movie. I’ll be there if you need me, otherwise I’ll be away,'” he recalled. While Scott was not present most of the time during filming, Villeneuve admitted that his presence was felt on set every day. “So in a way he wasn’t there, but he was there a lot at the same time,” he added.
Blade Runner 2049 also stars Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Set thirty years after the events of Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling) uncovers a secret that threatens to plunge the society into chaos. This leads him to search for Rick Deckard (Ford), a blade runner who has been missing for over 30 years. The movie is due to be released on Oct. 7.
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