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No rumor: Ridley Scott talks Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels

Oct. 12, 2012by: Paul Shirey

In an interview with Metro, director Ridley Scott let loose a few details about the sequels to both PROMETHEUS and BLADE RUNNER, altogether confirming the existence of the former when asked about the "rumor" that he was developing a sequel, saying, "It’s not a rumour – it’s happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live [laughs]. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage"

So, from the man himself, a BLADE RUNNER sequel is happening.  He doesn't say when it's happening, but confirms that it's at least not some rumor that got away from a message board and became chiseled in stone.  Personally, I've never had a burning desire for a sequel to the film, but I would like to see what a now-seasoned Ridley would do with one.

Scott also talked a bit about the planned PROMETHEUS sequel, saying, "I hadn’t done sci-fi for so long and I enjoyed doing it. Plus, when it comes to the Alien world, no one else had addressed the origin question and I thought that was interesting to tackle. Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [Michael Fassbender’s David] that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous."

When asked if that was the idea for the sequel, Scott replied, "I wish it was that easy. They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?"

I'm game for either sequel, especially with Scott at the helm, but I'm more excited for his upcoming THE COUNSELOR then either of these proposed projects.  Scott is known for "collecting" projects like crazy, so we'll see where it all leads.  It will be more interesting to see if he's able to get Harrison Ford onboard, which will stir some controversy regarding his revealed fate in the first film. 

Ridley Scott's THE COUNSELOR hits theaters on November 15, 2013. 

Extra Tidbit: Which of these would you most want to see a sequel to?
Source: Metro

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11:00AM on 10/15/2012
I'd love to see a Prometheus sequel, but I'm not particularly interested in a sequel to Blade Runner (even though it's one of my favorite movies ever). Also way to open THAT can of worms with the Nexus-6 comment, Ridley. Oi.
I'd love to see a Prometheus sequel, but I'm not particularly interested in a sequel to Blade Runner (even though it's one of my favorite movies ever). Also way to open THAT can of worms with the Nexus-6 comment, Ridley. Oi.
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7:51AM on 10/15/2012

Wait, what?

Since when was Deckard a Nexus 6? Is that part of the revisionist bullshit that Ridley Scott foisted upon people when he released the "Director's Cut" of the movie? Because I cry bullshit on that...the movie had a fine ending as is, and didn't need a stupid *additional* twist, besides Rachael being one.
Since when was Deckard a Nexus 6? Is that part of the revisionist bullshit that Ridley Scott foisted upon people when he released the "Director's Cut" of the movie? Because I cry bullshit on that...the movie had a fine ending as is, and didn't need a stupid *additional* twist, besides Rachael being one.
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7:36PM on 10/14/2012

THANKS FOR DELETING MY POST JOBLO.COM

PROMETHEUS was awesome and I can't wait for the sequel. BladeRunner was awesome and look forward to the sequel. For the fan boys who hate Prometheus because they didn't get it I got one thing to say......Alien: Ressurection.
PROMETHEUS was awesome and I can't wait for the sequel. BladeRunner was awesome and look forward to the sequel. For the fan boys who hate Prometheus because they didn't get it I got one thing to say......Alien: Ressurection.
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6:58AM on 10/13/2012

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The beauty of the earlier films was the questions they asked. When later 'pre/sequels' offer concrete answers to these 'big' questions it's generally unsatisfactory.
Also, Theron should have played Shaw.
The beauty of the earlier films was the questions they asked. When later 'pre/sequels' offer concrete answers to these 'big' questions it's generally unsatisfactory.
Also, Theron should have played Shaw.
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9:58PM on 10/12/2012
I vote we just wait on the Counselor, and forget any of these are happening until they actually do.
I vote we just wait on the Counselor, and forget any of these are happening until they actually do.
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12:37AM on 10/13/2012
We are of the same mind there, @HoyleHaw.
We are of the same mind there, @HoyleHaw.
6:41PM on 10/12/2012
I doubt any of these will happen. Heck, he was promising a Robin Hood sequel as well a couple years ago.
I doubt any of these will happen. Heck, he was promising a Robin Hood sequel as well a couple years ago.
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5:38PM on 10/12/2012
Don't get me wrong, I love Ridley Scott and Blade Runner is my all time favorite film, and I love Alien.

But I'loved the original Star Wars trilogy too. And I'm getting that same Episode I feeling. Remember? Folks like me were all excited about it, and after seeing it we had to come the slow realization that it wasn't very good. That's happening to me with Prometheus.

I just get the bad feeling that a sequel to Blade Runner will be to Blade Runner what 2010 was to 2001.

I'd much
Don't get me wrong, I love Ridley Scott and Blade Runner is my all time favorite film, and I love Alien.

But I'loved the original Star Wars trilogy too. And I'm getting that same Episode I feeling. Remember? Folks like me were all excited about it, and after seeing it we had to come the slow realization that it wasn't very good. That's happening to me with Prometheus.

I just get the bad feeling that a sequel to Blade Runner will be to Blade Runner what 2010 was to 2001.

I'd much rather see Ridley tackle a different Phillip K. Dick story set in the same Blade Runner universe.
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4:42PM on 10/12/2012

Prometheus...YES...Blad Runner....NO.

Sorry but I thought Prometheus was absolutley GREAT and can work with a sequel...Blade Runner should be left alone, unless GOD himself can come up with an amazing story....Scott still has it...At least is far superior to the same garbage we are getting in the theaters latley.
Sorry but I thought Prometheus was absolutley GREAT and can work with a sequel...Blade Runner should be left alone, unless GOD himself can come up with an amazing story....Scott still has it...At least is far superior to the same garbage we are getting in the theaters latley.
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4:26PM on 10/12/2012

Scott, please stop trying to relive your glory days.

Prometheus reminds me of Mr. Brainwash from 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'. Where hype was used to fool certain pseudo-intelligent people into believing bullshit was great.

Honestly, Prometheus is extraordinarily bad. Many of the same people who call it great will rip other movies to shreds for less problems than what Prometheus had. If it wasn't for the hype of Scott returning to the franchise that made him popular, then this movie would have been forgotten before it left theaters.
Prometheus reminds me of Mr. Brainwash from 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'. Where hype was used to fool certain pseudo-intelligent people into believing bullshit was great.

Honestly, Prometheus is extraordinarily bad. Many of the same people who call it great will rip other movies to shreds for less problems than what Prometheus had. If it wasn't for the hype of Scott returning to the franchise that made him popular, then this movie would have been forgotten before it left theaters.
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4:01PM on 10/12/2012
Fuck Ridley Scott and fuck both films. "Blade Runner" does not need a sequel at all, and "Prometheus" is not only one of the biggest disappointments ever, but also one of the worst films of the year. Scott has lost his touch entirely, and should just retire.
Fuck Ridley Scott and fuck both films. "Blade Runner" does not need a sequel at all, and "Prometheus" is not only one of the biggest disappointments ever, but also one of the worst films of the year. Scott has lost his touch entirely, and should just retire.
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2:19PM on 10/12/2012
No more sci-fi from Ridley Scott. He's lost his touch, and it shows severely. He doesn't know what the hell he's doing. He's the George Lucas of non-kiddie sci-fi.
No more sci-fi from Ridley Scott. He's lost his touch, and it shows severely. He doesn't know what the hell he's doing. He's the George Lucas of non-kiddie sci-fi.
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1:56PM on 10/12/2012

Bring on another Prometheus sequel

Don't care what most of you think and say, "Prometheus" is a great sci-fi movie, where a sequel would benefit all the unsolved mystery of the film. Why does a movie need to explain everything in one two hour film? A "Blade Runner" sequel? Why not. Seriously, Ridley Scott will probably only have a handful of films left at his age. I marvel at the fact that despite recent tragic events with his brother Tony, Ridley continues to look at filmmaking as his love in life.
Don't care what most of you think and say, "Prometheus" is a great sci-fi movie, where a sequel would benefit all the unsolved mystery of the film. Why does a movie need to explain everything in one two hour film? A "Blade Runner" sequel? Why not. Seriously, Ridley Scott will probably only have a handful of films left at his age. I marvel at the fact that despite recent tragic events with his brother Tony, Ridley continues to look at filmmaking as his love in life.
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1:34PM on 10/12/2012
Out of these I think I'd like to see a Prometheus sequel helmed by Ridley more. With the unanswered questions and plus I want to see what horrors they can dish out on the Engineers home-world. At the end of the day, really I think Blade Runner stands on it's on and I don't think a sequel is needed
Which ever one he does I would consider it a win-win, he's just so damn good at sci-fi.
Out of these I think I'd like to see a Prometheus sequel helmed by Ridley more. With the unanswered questions and plus I want to see what horrors they can dish out on the Engineers home-world. At the end of the day, really I think Blade Runner stands on it's on and I don't think a sequel is needed
Which ever one he does I would consider it a win-win, he's just so damn good at sci-fi.
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1:16PM on 10/12/2012
After the disaster of Prometheus I would rather that Scott leave Blade Runner alone.

Ha. The last comment of this video sums up how I feel.

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After the disaster of Prometheus I would rather that Scott leave Blade Runner alone.

Ha. The last comment of this video sums up how I feel.

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11:58AM on 10/12/2012

A Case of the Blade Runs...

I feel like I got tricked into liking PROMETHEUS, and then, upon further inspection, realized how bad it was. The second those "scientists" took their helmets off on a foreign planet (regardless of air quality - um, biohazards anyone?), I knew I was gonna have to incorporate some serious suspension of disbelief into my viewing. Please, leave well enough alone.
And as for BLADE RUNNER... I always thought it was ridiculous that he made Deckard a replicant in retrospect. Don't touch this classic.
I feel like I got tricked into liking PROMETHEUS, and then, upon further inspection, realized how bad it was. The second those "scientists" took their helmets off on a foreign planet (regardless of air quality - um, biohazards anyone?), I knew I was gonna have to incorporate some serious suspension of disbelief into my viewing. Please, leave well enough alone.
And as for BLADE RUNNER... I always thought it was ridiculous that he made Deckard a replicant in retrospect. Don't touch this classic. Leave it alone and let me keep my childhood memories intact.
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11:32AM on 10/12/2012

Prometheus

I know Ridley Scott always said Deckard was a replicant. But between watching Roy Batty, another Nexus 6, die of old age right in front of us, and the fact he was so much more agile than Deckard, I never really bought into that. Especially after reading the book. It's a fun thing to think about, but part of the genius of that twist was how, in the director's cut, nobody just comes out and says anything. It's just left open-ended, and I'd prefer if they don't try to address it here.
I know Ridley Scott always said Deckard was a replicant. But between watching Roy Batty, another Nexus 6, die of old age right in front of us, and the fact he was so much more agile than Deckard, I never really bought into that. Especially after reading the book. It's a fun thing to think about, but part of the genius of that twist was how, in the director's cut, nobody just comes out and says anything. It's just left open-ended, and I'd prefer if they don't try to address it here.
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11:28AM on 10/12/2012
I think the world created in Blade Runner has many possibilities for other stories to take place in it. I'm not sure what Ridley Scott will do with a straight-up continuation of the story though because yeah, it's been thirty years since the original film! I think Blade Runner wasn't an easy film to follow or get into, as compelling as the environments or characters may have been on their own (although that depends on which version of the film you're seeing). Hopefully if a sequel does come to
I think the world created in Blade Runner has many possibilities for other stories to take place in it. I'm not sure what Ridley Scott will do with a straight-up continuation of the story though because yeah, it's been thirty years since the original film! I think Blade Runner wasn't an easy film to follow or get into, as compelling as the environments or characters may have been on their own (although that depends on which version of the film you're seeing). Hopefully if a sequel does come to fruition, it won't feel too far removed from the future noir feel and style of the first (and won't overly rely on CGI because those creative old-school visual effects shots were part of what made the film so very special), and as Ridley Scott has probably learnt after Prometheus, it's easy to alienate (pardon the pun) fans who've grown up with a film or film series. As for the Prometheus sequel, I hope he takes into account fan reaction surrounding the first, especially regarding the plot holes, and together with the screenwriter(s) takes great care in hammering out the story, tying up as many loose ends as possible while taking the story forward in a logical manner and furthering the mythos.

I also hope he's been able to adequately recover from the tragic loss of his brother.
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