"Everyone else is" is probably the worst reason or excuse to embark on any kind of creative endeavor, but believe it or not, director Ridley Scott is trotting out those exact words when asked if there’s a possibility of more than one "Blade Runner" sequel.
"Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work," Scott told Yahoo when they asked about the possibility of more "Blade Runner" movies. "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.
That being said, Scott is protective of his sci-fi masterpiece and the legacy that will follow, and not only is he producing the followup, that will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, apparently he has some serious oversight too.
"I always have final cut on everything, really," Scott told the site when they asked if he’ll have final cut on "Blade Runner 2." "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.’ "
But don’t get this twisted. It’s not like Scott will wrest control from Villeneuve, but it’s probably more akin to the director protecting the overall vision for the sequel from any meddling studio hands.
As for the story that’s yet to unfold in the further adventures of Deckard, Scott confirms the character’s non-human status and promises an explanation for how he’ll still be around three decades later.
"Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense." Scott said, who then elaborated on the setting of the story. "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."
Correction, it was 2019 in the original movie, but we’ll forgive him the trivia slip up. Thoughts? Do you think Ridley Scott should leave things alone with this series? Or does the world of "Blade Runner" deserve multiple movies? Let us know below.