Not even Ridley Scott knows if new Blade Runner is a prequel or sequel

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Dec 16, 2012

Fans are champing at the bit to know exactly what form the new Blade Runner film will take, and it seems we can add director Ridley Scott to the list of those wondering.

Scott, who directed the original 1982 Blade Runner, told Entertainment Weekly talks are still underway to determine whether the new movie will be set before, or after, the events of the original film.

"We're still in discussions about whether it should be a prequel or sequel," Scott said. "It's an interesting conversation. I'm meeting with writers, and I've also gone back to [original Blade Runner screenwriter] Hampton Fancher, and he still speaks the speak. He's right there. I spoke with him this week. But we don't even have a script yet."

Interestingly enough, Scott said the genesis for the Blade Runner prequel/sequel came while he was completing work on his upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus, opening June 8.

"I just thought Prometheus was so enjoyable—returning to the world of science fiction was so fun—that I wanted to [go back to Blade Runner, too]," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I'm also thinking about what the hell I might do for a Prometheus 2."

Though the Blade Runner project is obviously in its infancy, it hasn't stopped the hype machine—and gag reflexes from fans who regard the original as an untouchable work of classic sci-fi noir—from kicking into high gear.

The original film is based on the acclaimed Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and most fans hold the movie in as high esteem as the book.

Rumors have bounced back and forth that Harrison Ford, who starred as police officer Rick Deckard in the original, might return.

Scott told Entertainment Weekly preliminary talks haven't even taken place for casting, and he has no clue whether Ford would be interested in returning. But he said he'd love to have him back if he were up for it.

"Don't know yet. Don't know yet," Scott said. "But I'm not sure that that's going to be a story point, so I don't know. But if it were, nothing would please me more. Honestly."

(via Entertainment Weekly).

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