Say it ain't so! In an interview with Variety, Sci-fi master Ridley Scott has confirmed that he is no longer directing [Blade Runner 2](movie:293049), the sequel to one of the most influential genre movies of all time.
Batty accurately sums up my feelings:
There is a bit of a silver lining here for purists: Scott will keep his role as producer, and he has been consulting with the original's screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, for the script. Even better, Harrison Ford may be reprising his role as Deckard.
Here's what Scott had to say about the script's structure and Ford's place in it:
“We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
With Deckard's absence and eventual discovery driving the plot, I'm tentatively rejoicing. I'm hesistant because Harrison Ford famously renounced Blade Runner and did not get along with Ridley Scott, but maybe having some new leadership will be enough to change his mind. For now, we'll just have to wait to see who is brave enough to fill the director's chair.
I'd love to see David Fincher return to sci-fi, but after his experience with the Alien franchise, he may not want to make a habit of taking over for Scott.
Who do you think should take the reins on Blade Runner 2?