Producers of new Blade Runner to Christopher Nolan: Let's do lunch

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Dec 14, 2012

The producers who just bought the rights to make more Blade Runner movies have spoken out about their plans for the potential franchise. And, not surprisingly, one director in particular is at the top of their wish list.

As announced earlier this week, a production company called Alcon Entertainment bought the rights to create sequels, prequels and other properties (except a direct remake) based on the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. In an interview with io9, producers Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Bud Yorkin were asked if there were any "pie in the sky" writers or directors that they would love to have work on a new film. Kosove replied, "Pie in the sky? Yeah, our friend Chris Nolan, who we did Insomnia [with], would be in the pie in the sky for us."

Alcon did in fact produce Insomnia, Nolan's third film and first for a major Hollywood studio, and has also produced movies like The Book of Eli and One Missed Call. Whether the director of The Dark Knight would be willing to return the favor and get involved with a new chapter in the Blade Runner saga is unknown.

But if he's not available, what about Ridley Scott, the director of the original? The response is somewhat vague: "We won't say if we've reached out to Ridley Scott or not," said Kosove. "But what we will say is that Ridley Scott's blessing to what we're doing is very important to Alcon. ... He's one of the greatest living directors and one of the greatest directors of all time. So of course he's very important."

That's kind of a non-answer, isn't it? The producers point out, however, that it's just too early to determine how a new Blade Runner film will get made, who will make it, and whether it will be a sequel, a prequel or something else entirely: "This may work, or it may not work," admitted Kosove. "We may make this movie, but in truth it may never get made."

He added: "We will not go about this process in some form of large groupthink where 15 executives are going to sit around a table micromanaging the creative talent. Broderick and I will meet with writers and directors, and we will figure out what direction we want to go and what story we believe in. And then they will have the artistic autonomy to go out and make a great movie."

Do you think Chris Nolan would be a perfect director for a new Blade Runner movie? if not him, then who? And should it be a sequel or a prequel? The debate starts now ...