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Interviewer: Ridley Scott broke the news to us a few months ago that he’s working on a sequel to “Blade Runner.” Do you welcome this news, or does it sound a little risky?

William Gibson (author): "If anyone could pull it off, it would be Ridley Scott. But the idea of franchise, rather than one-off films, becoming the actual form, strikes me as decadent. Blade Runner is a classic, on the order of Citizen Kane. What would a sequel to Citizen Kane have done to the original?"

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/01/17/william-gibson-calls-sopa-dr aconian/?mod=WSJBlog

Alex

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I wouldn't be much against a completely different story set in the same universe.

Maybe a story in space. So we see the things we wouln't believe...

They already made a completely different story set in the same universe. It was called Soldier, was directed by Paul WS Anderson, and starred Kurt Russell. I'm not joking.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_%28film%29#Blade_Runner

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Nah, Blade Runner is hardly complicated.

In fact, when I saw it I was surprised. I was expecting something much more slow and cerebral. And when I get to Deckard going through the apartments looking for Batty, I was like "What? This is it?"

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He could pull a 'Memento', a gimmick driven film, which would end with Michael Fassbender* looking at himself in the mirror and saying: "I'm a replicant? Those dead bodies in my living room ... are by my doing?"

*: Let's not kid ourselves, he WILL be in the new Blade Runner.

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What I mean is, playing minor roles could be an opportunity for Ford to play more interesting characters again. I haven't seen a Ford film in a very long time. Playing the president or some loving husband whose family is in danger ... I don't watch those movies. He made himself very uncool by choosing such tame roles and movies. "I want the young Ford. I need his magic."

Interior Deckard's office

Harrison Ford: So you understand the assignment? Okay, off you go ... Oh and hey, Babaluba, fry one for me, remember what they did to Rachael!

Michael Fassbender: For you, captain, everything!

Harrison Ford: Hehehehe, that's my boy Babaluba! See that, Gaff?! That guy is a one-man slaughterhouse! Now get!

Alex

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I'm just predicting and illustrating how bad the sequel will be. I thought that was obvious.

Incidentally, yesterday I read this article which pleas for no BR sequels and I thought it was right on the money:

"Going back to the well is all the rage these days and Ridley Scott has embraced it as his personal philosophy. Scott is re-touring the world of Alien in next year's Prometheus is unnecessary, but might prove interesting. At the very least, it can't harm the Alien franchise any worse than Alien vs Predator. So on this one I'll give Scott a pass.

However, Scott now plans to re-enter the world of Blade Runner. I expect he shall return to the world of Thelma and Louise soon afterwards. At best, this has the reek of an old man too tired to imagine new worlds. At worst, it's a crass money grab wrapped in brand-name marketing. Either way, as I see it, going back to Blade Runner is a no-win situation for Scott.

Filmmakers have aped Blade Runner's style for 30 years. Yet, no one has replicated its vibe, that eerie, cold metal in the mouth taste. The film is singularly unique. A frigid, oddball vision of hell without humanity. If Scott stays with the original's visuals, how could it feel fresh in light of all the copycats? How can he re-capture that weird texture so engrained in "the world of Blade Runner" when the overall feel of the original was rooted not just in the film's achievements but also in its fascinating flaws, '80s visual trappings and behind-the-scenes madness? He cannot. There's only one Blade Runner and there will only ever be one Blade Runner. It is the perfect stand-alone film. Scott will compete with his middle-aged self and lose."

Read everything:

http://www.ropeofsil...e-blade-runner/

Alex

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What he fails to realize is that the situation is actually win-win.

Blade Runner is amazing, great. Blade Runner 2 could be terrible, or also amazing. If Blade Runner 2 is amazing, great. If Blade Runner 2 is terrible, Blade Runner is still amazing.

This is the same situation in any case when it comes to revisiting old franchises/films. There is no harm, just let filmmakers do whatever the hell it is they want to do.

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Blade Runner is amazing, great. Blade Runner 2 could be terrible, or also amazing. If Blade Runner 2 is amazing, great. If Blade Runner 2 is terrible, Blade Runner is still amazing.

He's saying that whatever made Blade Runner great cannot be repeated. It was a one time deal that is unique and not something to be franchised. To say all that is merely BS means you don't feel the same about the film, IMO.

Anyone who isn't worried isn't a die hard fan. I rather like the film to remain unique than to have it 'questioned' by terrible sequels. If Star Wars was only one film it would be more special too. Yes, 2001 is still untouched even though the sequel was 'ordinary' but the sequel had nothing to do with Stanley Kubrick.

Well, I'd be pissed of if Spielberg suddenly decided to give E.T. a sequel, but even then a tiny part of me would be intrigued. But then again, curiousity did kill the cat.

A part of me is intrigued too. I hope he's going to make it the same way he is making Prometheus, you know, with only strains of DNA that sorta faintly link it to the original film. (ahem, ahem)

Alex

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What I mean is, playing minor roles could be an opportunity for Ford to play more interesting characters again. I haven't seen a Ford film in a very long time. Playing the president or some loving husband whose family is in danger ... I don't watch those movies. He made himself very uncool by choosing such tame roles and movies. "I want the young Ford. I need his magic."

Interior Deckard's office

Harrison Ford: So you understand the assignment? Okay, off you go ... Oh and hey, Babaluba, fry one for me, remember what they did to Rachael!

Michael Fassbender: For you, captain, everything!

Harrison Ford: Hehehehe, that's my boy Babaluba! See that, Gaff?! That guy is a one-man slaughterhouse! Now get!

Alex

Interiour Ridley Scott's office

Harridon Ford enters into Ridley's office, escorted by Edward James Olmos.

Ridley Scott: Hiya Harrison

Harrison Ford:Ridley

Ridley Scott: You would not have come if I just asked you too, (nods at Olmos) Sit down pal.

Harrison hesitates.

Ridley Scott: Don't be an asshole Harrison, I've got continuations of my 2 best movies in production.

Harrison sits down.

Ridley Scott: The trailer for Prometheus is already considered by best work since that Tom Cruise thing I did. I've decided to milk this nostalgia thing even further by doing a sequel to Blade Runner.

Harrison Ford: Embarrassing...

Not embarrassing, certainly not compared to Cowboys & Aliens.

Harrison gives Ridley a foul look

Ridley Scott: Especially since you are down here, you are gonna be in this new movie.

Harrison Ford: You seem to forget that I don't work here any more. Give it to Tommy Lee Jones, he's good.

Ridley Scott: I did, but he wanted script approval. He wanted to bring Will Smith in.... And he's not good enough, not as good as you.I need you Harrison. This is a bad movie, the worst yet. Worse then Hollywood Homicide. I need the old Blade Runner

Harrison Ford: I was quit when I come in here, Bryant, I'm twice as quit now.

Ridley Scott: Stop right where you are. You know the score pal. If you're not supporting actor, you're little people.

Deckard: No choice, huh?

Ridley Scott: No choice pal.

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Holy beep!

Ridley Scott: “We’re still in discussions about whether it should be a prequel or sequel,” says Scott, who is currently uncertain if Ford’s character of Rick Deckard will even appear. “It’s an interesting conversation. I’m meeting with writers and I’ve also gone back to Hampton Fancher and he still speaks the speak. He’s right there. I spoke with him this week. But we don’t even have a script yet.”

http://www.heroesandhellions.com/daily-debriefing/scott-talks-ford-blade-runner/

Alex

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Sorta related:

Earlier today, Duncan Jones tweeted the following:

Phew! Can’t say I’m not relieved Uncle Ridley isn’t doing Blade Runner next. Not sure I was ready to go toe to toe with him yet.

When I asked him if this mean he was still doing his Blade Runner homage film, he replied with this:

Saying nothing fellah. Not that I don’t want to, just can’t yet.

http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/duncan-jones-working-blade-runner-inspired-film/

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David Peoples, famous for his work for Blade Runner, Twelve monkeys and Unforgiven, sorta retired after Soldier (1998) but it seems he's attached to this upcoming movie:

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/23434/lin-set-for-kamala-s-lone-wolf- cub

If he's out of retirement, that means Ridley could hire him for his own future sci-fi projects.

Alex

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