There was a time when Ridley Scott didn’t like the idea of sequels, but that was before he returned to the Alien franchise and started building a promising and sometimes over-indulgent universe around it. With Blade Runner coming back to life later this year, Scott says he’s game for doing the same thing with Deckard’s world.
In an interview with IGN, Scott opened up about how his opinion regarding shared universes has changed, and said he’d considering doing the same thing with Blade Runner. According to Scott, it’s actually George Lucas’ work with Star Wars that made for his change of heart (though you have to hope he’s not talking about the prequels).
Check out an excerpt from Scott’s comments below:
“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.”
The world of Blade Runner is certainly a rich tapestry of near-future weirdness, and yeah, there are probably a lot of really interesting stories worth telling there. Considering Scott actually passed the baton to Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) for Blade Runner 2049, maybe he really is open to collaborating with new talent to keep these franchises vibrant.
What do you think? If 2049 is a hit, would you like to see more Blade Runner movies?