Though it seems we've been hearing that it's on the way forever, Blade Runner 2 really does seem to be gaining steam. Blade Runner director Ridley Scott's been teasing the film for well over a year, and announced over the summer that the script he's been developing with Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher is finished. Scott also confirmed back in August that original star Harrison Ford is, in fact, returning after lots of will-he-won't-he speculation, but Scott didn't reveal just how involved Ford will be in the project. Now he's shed a little more light.
In an interview with Variety ahead of the release of his new film Exodus: Gods and Kings, Scott briefly talked about the Blade Runner sequel, and said he expects it to shoot sometime within the next year, with one big change to what we were expecting: Scott won't be directing it. Instead, he'll focus on working as a producer and writer on the film, and let someone else take the director's chair. Whoever lands that job will have the burden of directing the followup to one of the most-beloved sci-fi films ever, but at least Scott will be around to provide some guidance.
As for Ford's role, Scott said we shouldn't expect Deckard until somewhat late in the film.
“We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one,” Scott explained. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
So we will apparently be getting a film that's firmly tied to Blade Runner but that doesn't exactly star Ford. We don't know yet how the first and second acts of the film will set up Deckard's appearance, but with Scott's assurances that Blade Runner 2 really is about to shoot, we might finally get to find out.