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I panicked when I read the first post, thinking they were at it again, until I read the date. Whew.

I'd have thought the time to make a sequel was about ten years ago, when they made the PC game about the movie featuring extensive full-motion video. I never did play that game, though I recall playing the demo to "Under a Killing Moon," made by the same crew, but I've bought enough old games on eBay I haven't touched yet.

Old thread resurrection can be fun, and seems to be more in favor here among the fogies beloved veteran members than making a duplicate thread when there's another one about it two or three pages back.

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Blade Runner doesn't need a sequel.

Agreed. But, again, if Ridley Scott decided there needed to be one, I'd be at least a little excited. (Not as excited as I'd be if Scott tackled another Alien movie; I'd be genuinely excited about that.)

It's likely a moot point.

Hopefully, Warner Bros. is not planning to go with their own sequel regardless of Ridley Scott; that'd be a travesty in the making. Well, I say that; I actually like the Kubrickless sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and if a watchable sequel to that one can be made without Kubrick, the same might hold true for a Scott-free (see what I did there?) Blade Runner 2.

Still, I'd rather it didn't happen.

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Ridley Scott isn't a franchise man, he doesn't do sequels.

He did the sequel to Silence Of the Lambs. And for years his mind was open for another Alien movie but he never saw a good script. Ridley Scott bought the rights to the name 'Blade Runner' so anyone who does a sequel witout him can't use the name.

For what it's worth, Ridley Scott is going to tackle the sci-fi genre again: Read interview

QUESTION: You directed Blade Runner and Alien, which are seminal science fiction films. Why have you not done more science fiction films?

RIDLEY SCOTT: I am going to do one. I waited for a book for 20 years and I have got the book. I am not going to tell you what the book is but that film is going to probably be written within the next month. That will definitely be what I do next after Nottingham, the Robin Hood film that I am doing now in England.

Alex

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Addendum: This is what I get for rushing off to a screening of Blindness and not checking back on the comment thread of this post. Apparently [John] Glenn popped up and said the Blade Runner sequel was shelved ages ago, and he doesn't know why it's still being talked about.

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Ridley Scott isn't a franchise man, he doesn't do sequels.

He did the sequel to Silence Of the Lambs. And for years his mind was open for another Alien movie but he never saw a good script. Ridley Scott bought the rights to the name 'Blade Runner' so anyone who does a sequel witout him can't use the name.

For what it's worth, Ridley Scott is going to tackle the sci-fi genre again: Read interview

QUESTION: You directed Blade Runner and Alien, which are seminal science fiction films. Why have you not done more science fiction films?

RIDLEY SCOTT: I am going to do one. I waited for a book for 20 years and I have got the book. I am not going to tell you what the book is but that film is going to probably be written within the next month. That will definitely be what I do next after Nottingham, the Robin Hood film that I am doing now in England.

Alex

Ooooohhh...!

The mind reels at the thoughts of what sci-fi novel might be good enough that Ridley Scott has waited pateintly for 20 years (!) to get a shot at doing it...

My personal hope: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. That'd be frickin' sweet.

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I hope to god it's something that'll shake Scott out of his doldrums. Body of Lies looks like it's going to be a cinematic twin to American Gangster, not a good thing, IMO.

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Look

The director is still a secret but we know better, of course.

Ridley Scott + sci-fi = Bryant excited.

I don't know, times have changed and so has Scott. I'm pretty sure he will never go back to the style of his first films. I think we should be prepared for a CGI fest with very little analog elements in the set design.

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Scott has never really been CGI-heavy in his recent years, why would he now?

And I like all the movies he's been doing, aside from American Gangster which was just an O.K. film. I'm not terribly excited for Body Of Lies, but it's the movie I want to see the most in October.

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I know The Stars My Destination is in the works, with no director atached yet. Ridley could be a great choice to adapt what I consider to be one of the greatest Sci Fi novels of all time.

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Prequels And Sequels

This could be terrible news ... especially when you realize what kind of non-talent supposedly accuired the rights for making the prequels and sequels to Blade Runner.

I know Ridley Scott bought the rights to the name "Blade Runner" so that still might form a problem for them. I can't imagine why he would give that out of hand.

Alex

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Not sure about Alex's reaction, but here's mine:

BLADE RUNNER 2 CAN FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wonder for how much money The Blade Runner Partnership (which, presumably includes Michael Deeley, Hampton Francher, and Sir Run Run Shaw) sold the name for? Whatever it was, it wasn't enough.

My poor old tummy does cartwheels at the very thought of a sequel/prequel to this 117 minute work of art. As if all the sequel books wern't bad enough...

I would very much like to know Paul M. Sammon's opinion of this (and Alex's, of course).

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So what?

Think of all these trees that could be saved by not printing this screenplay. Or all these money that could be spent on greater purpose... drugs and alcohol, perhaps? Even pornography has more value than this idea. Don't be ignorant, have some perspective!

Karol

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So what?

Think of all these trees that could be saved by not printing this screenplay. Or all these money that could be spent on greater purpose... drugs and alcohol, perhaps? Even pornography has more value than this idea. Don't be ignorant, have some perspective!

Karol

Quite right, Croc! There are some films that simply do need to be re-made, or to have a sequel/prequel attached to their name just as a money-making after-thought. "Blade Runner" is one of those films. Is nothing sacred, anymore?

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Producers like making something that already has a substantial fanbase. It guarantees return on their investment (to a certain degree). If a Blade Runner sequel is made, I can assure you most Blade Runner fans would see it + new audiences. Most likely not because they've been waiting for or wanting a sequel, but so they talk about how bad and unnecessary it is. In the end, it's still revenue.

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I would very much like to know Paul M. Sammon's opinion of this (and Alex's, of course).

Even though there aren't any concrete plans for a sequel or prequel, I would like to hear what Scott himself has to say about it. Nobody knows what it is exactly that makes Blade Runner so special but I'm certain that some of the 'magic' in Alien and Blade Runner has a lot with Scott's vision and input, especially his manic focus on detail and design and how it's responsible for a great deal of the atmosphere in those films. Anyway, making great art isn't like following a food recipe. You can't bottle the spirit of Blade Runner so I don't see how anyone (not even Ridley 'Robing Hood' Scott) can recapure it.

Alex

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I know Ridley Scott bought the rights to the name "Blade Runner" so that still might form a problem for them.

I can't imagine why he would give that out of hand.

'Do Androids dream of electric sheep?'

Problem solved :)

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Question: So we're not going to consider you for the Blade Runner sequel/prequel?

Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code): "I love Blade Runner, as you know, I'm a huge fan of Blade Runner. I wouldn't touch that with a stick!"

Some people think Jones or Nolan are the perfect candidates for the so-called upcoming Blade Runner sequel/prequel. Now we know that true fans are not interested in a project like that. ;)

Alex

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But nobody wants to give him the money to make that film. Jones is going to make another sci-fi movie instead. And Mute (his Blade Runner tribute) might become a comic book so people (and future producers, of course) can see what it is about.

Alex

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But nobody wants to give him the money to make that film. Jones is going to make another sci-fi movie instead. And Mute (his Blade Runner tribute) might become a comic book so people (and future producers, of course) can see what it is about.

Alex

I've seen that happen a few times already. Neill Blomkamp is also doing comic books out of his ideas like Elysium and Chappie, for example.

What is the substitute project for Mute?

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And for years his mind was open for another Alien movie but he never saw a good script. Ridley Scott bought the

wait isn't he working on some Alien prequel?

Prometheus is not an Alien movie anymore. It occupies the same universe however. So it's more of a spin-off, I guess.

Karol

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And for years his mind was open for another Alien movie but he never saw a good script. Ridley Scott bought the

wait isn't he working on some Alien prequel?

Prometheus is not an Alien movie anymore. It occupies the same universe however. So it's more of a spin-off, I guess.

Karol

A spin-off that has been confirmed to have aliens in it.

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What is the substitute project for Mute?

I listened to the interview again and he's actually writing a new sci-fi story of which he's quite sure of that he will find the money to turn it into movie.

Great! It's good to have filmmakers with a love for sci-fi trying to put out stuff :)

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Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Hobo With A Shotgun): "If Christopher Nolan would be on it I’d say, ‘All right, go for it'! But otherwise you can’t do it. ‘Blade Runner’ is such a unique film. How do you describe a diamond? I don’t think you should ever touch it again."

Nolan?! Et tu, Hauer?!

Alex

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A Nolan Blade Runner would be an even duller prospect than an Inception 2.

The moment Leonardo DiCaprio appears on the Blade Runner 2 set with his intense Blood Diamond/Shutter Island/Inception look in his eyes is the moment I know that he's a replicant.

No really, Nolan and Blade Runner? I don't see the connection.

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