While doing press for his upcoming Biblical adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott offered a few updates on his upcoming sequels Prometheus 2 and the Untitled Blade Runner Project. We reported last month that Prometheus 2 will feature a new alien, but there is still very little we know about the story, except that Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are returning as Shaw and the android David. During an interview with MTV, Ridley Scott revealed that the sequel will follow Shaw and David's story.
"You have to. You can't have a person go off into the galaxy and have a person who's still got his head off. Once that head goes back on, he's really dangerous, but he's also very seductive. So maybe he'll persuade her to help him put the head back."
The filmmaker also confirmed that the script for his Untitled Blade Runner Project is, "written and ready to go," while confirming a report from earlier this month that he isn't sure if he will direct the follow-up or not. When asked if he's still debating on whether or not to take the helm, the director offered this response.
"That's the right answer for that."
Fans of the original Blade Runner may recall that the ending of the theatrical cut featured voice-over narration by Harrison Ford's Deckard, which was later removed when Ridley Scott released his director's cut in 1991. The director confirmed that there will be no Harrison Ford narration in the untitled sequel, and went on to address his approach to the follow-up. Here's what he had to say below.
"Harrison and I really get on rather well. I sent him (the script), and he said 'That's the best thing I've ever read.' So it's very relevant to what happened in the first one. I'm not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can with the special effects. Because you can't really. With Blade Runner, we landed on a somehow very credible future. It's very difficult to change that because it's been so influential with everything else."
Harrison Ford is coming back as Deckard, but as Ridley Scott revealed last month, the story centers on finding Deckard, who surfaces in the third act of the sequel. The filmmaker also talked about how important the design elements are, since the original Blade Runner was so influential to numerous films that came after it. Here's what he had to say about keeping the design intact.
"I think the key is to keep the design in its place. Otherwise, it just kills the credibility of what you're watching. An explosion that's too big, you go "How did he survive that?" and you're right out of the movie."