Even though director Denis Villeneuve has taken over Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner 2, Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1982 classic Blade Runner, is still attached to the project as an executive producer. And he'll be heavily involved in the production. In fact, talking with Yahoo, he reveals that he'll have final cut. But that doesn't mean he's going to steamroll anyone associated with bringing this sequel to the big screen after all these years.
In the lengthy interview, which celebrates the release of The Martian, in theaters this weekend, Ridley Scott talks quite extensively about Blade Runner 2. Like Prometheus, which will get at least three sequels according to the director, Scott is also planning a whole series of new Blade Runner movies. He answers the question of whether or not Rick Deckard is a Replicant. And even claims that Harrison Ford called the Blade Runner 2 script the best he's ever been involved with. About having final cut, he explains.
"I always have final cut on everything, really. Partly because I'm very user-friendly. I always believe when you're given X amount of money by someone to f-k around with and make a movie, you can't draw lines in the sand. If I was an investor and you did that to me, I'd remove your ankles. So don't do the auteur s-t. I respect the guy for giving the money and I respect the studio for saying, "Yeah, you want to do this, here we go."
Some might think three or four Blade Runner and Prometheus movies might be overkill. Ridley Scott simply views multiple sequels as an extension of the artist, and his work. He doesn't see a problem with it, and hopes to continue creating more stories for both of these franchises.
"Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say "Work to live," and I live to work. I'm very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it's trying, but it's like being in professional sport. It's so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can't rest."
During the first Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott and his leading man Harrison Ford had a falling out. The pair hadn't spoken to each other in years. But when the actor was approached to do this sequel, he was open to the idea. Though, Ridley Scott admits not right away. Things changed once Harrison Ford read the script.
"Harrison said, "Mehh," and I said, "No, read this." And I think he said, "This is the best script I've ever had." We've been working on it for a couple of years."
Now, there has been a long standing controversy over whether or not Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard is a Replicant. Ridley Scott confirms that he is. And reveals that will very much be a part of the story in this follow-up. He also explains how that will affect the timeline of the movie.
"Of course he's a bloody Replicant! He's going to have to admit it. You'll have to see the story. It'll all make sense. [In the original movie], it was 2017, so coming back it'll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He's 34, but he looks 27 when he's doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050."
What do you think about all of these new developments? Are you excited to see more than one new Blade Runner coming off the assembly line? Or are you going to hold judgement until you see the first sequel? Ridley Scott is set to direct Alien: Paradise Lost next, which is a direct continuation of his 2012 thriller Prometheus.