Last week, we reported the surprising news that Ridley Scott is no longer directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project, a follow-up to his 1982 classic Blade Runner. The report revealed that he is still attached as a producer, with production scheduled to begin sometime next year. While doing press for his Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the filmmaker reversed his stance, somewhat, revealing that he's not sure if he will direct the follow-up or not. Here's what he had to say in an interview with Yahoo! UK, when asked what kind of director he would be looking for if he doesn't take the helm.
"I don't know about that yet. It's a tricky one because it's so personal. The script is very, very good. Very good. I wouldn't know [what sort of director we'd want]. It's a hard one to track because it's such a personal piece of my work. [Blade Runner] may be one of the most personal pieces I did. I got so beaten up for it, I said I'd never try that again. But here it is. It's sitting there ready to be made."
It's worth noting that last week's story from Variety offered no direct quotes with the filmmaker saying he isn't directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project. Still, it seems clear that he hasn't made up his mind about directing it quite yet. Hampton Fancher, who wrote the original Blade Runner script, developed the sequel's screenplay with the director, before Michael Green (Green Lantern) signed on last May.
Ridley Scott did reveal last week that, while Harrison Ford will be back as Deckard, the story revolves around "finding him," with the character to come in during the third act. Do you think Ridley Scott should return to the helm for this highly-anticipated sequel? Chime in with your thoughts below.