I never thought that we would actually see the day, but it appears to be here. In a move that will certain ignite many emotional responses, Ridley Scott is confirmed to direct and produce a new Blade Runner film. Deadline has the official press release, which states that the filmmakers are not commenting yet on whether it will be a sequel or a prequel.
Since childhood, the Blade Runner universe has always been one I (and certainly many others who grew up with the film) have wanted to explore more. How couldn’t a young child? Harrison Ford! Guns! Flying cars! Replicants! The strange and dark vision of a cyberpunk dystopian future! It’s one of those films I’ve always felt nostalgically connected to, and as such, irrationally in need to praise and defend. As a kid, I always referred to Raiders, Star Wars, and Blade Runner as the “Holy Trilogy of Harrison.” When I was ten or eleven, I bought and read numerous times the novelized sequel Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human – a novel of which I am glad to remember very little – and around the same time bought the Blade Runner PC game for Windows 95 (I never did beat that damn game). In my college years, I would go on to read Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which Ridley’s film was based on. As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate Blade Runner for different reasons and it’s still a film that I pop in to watch a few times a year.
So needless to say, I can’t help but be emotionally attached to such news. While loving the world that Ridley created from Dick’s novel, I’ve subsequently always denounced the idea of filming a sequel because the wonder left by the first film was part of the fascination. Throw in the fact that both of the other two in the Holy Trilogy of Harrison have been butchered with god awful CGI-laden sequels/prequels and my skepticism seems justified.
Still, despite this impossibly avoidable cynicism, I vow to remain open-minded until I know more. Since this is going to happen, we might as well accept it and hope for the best. In Ridley we trust.
What do you want to see in this continuation of the Blade Runner universe? A prequel? A sequel? Could it be possible to bring Harrison back as Deckard (that’d be sure to strike up some heated nerdtastic arguments)? Perhaps a new, more badass Blade Runner (so help me, if it’s Sam Worthington…)? Or do all of these ideas sound equally terrible? Chime in, dear readers!