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Ridley Scott will not direct Blade Runner 2 but will stay on as producer

11.25.2014

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There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Ridley Scott would tackle either PROMETHEUS 2 or BLADE RUNNER 2 after he's done shooting THE MARTIAN. Well, we can cross BLADE RUNNER 2 off the list as Scott recently spoke with Variety about the return of Rick Deckard and said that while he would produce the film, he would NOT be in the director's chair.

Ridley Scott on the story for BLADE RUNNER 2:

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.

I'm not saying that a great BLADE RUNNER 2 film can't be made without Scott in the director's chair, but this admittedly diminishes my excitement for it. Even if PROMETHEUS didn't deliver on all fronts, I enjoyed having Scott return to that Alien universe and deliver something that was better than ALIEN 3 and RESURRECTION. Combined. The fact that he's not up for returning to Deckard's universe seems to suggest that he's either not invested enough in the story or he has something else on his plate. As much as I want him to do PROMETHEUS 2, I have a hard time believing that picture would garner more favor than BR2. Perhaps he has no intention of doing PROMETHEUS 2 at all, and is looking at another project? Color me intrigued.

Ridley Scott's latest, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, can be seen in theaters on December 12.

blade-runner-2-directing-not-producing-ridley-scott-emma-stone-photoshootWhoever directs Blade Runner 2, could you cast Emma Stone please?  K, thanks!

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Extra Tidbit: Who would you like to see direct Blade Runner 2?
Source: Variety

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9:53PM on 11/26/2014
Didn't Duncan Jones want to make a Blade Runner-esque film? If Duncan and Ridley pooled their resources ....
Didn't Duncan Jones want to make a Blade Runner-esque film? If Duncan and Ridley pooled their resources ....
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5:17PM on 11/26/2014
We need a sequel to Blade Runner like we need a sequel to The English Patient.
We need a sequel to Blade Runner like we need a sequel to The English Patient.
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10:11AM on 11/26/2014
Alien 3 is a fantastic thriller drama that just wasn't for those who wanted more marines with machine guns and swarms of xenomorphs. It might not be a great sequel per se, but it's a magnificient film on its own. Yes it is dark and depressing but it's also smart, has beautiful sets, excellent performances, an outstanding score, amazing cinematography, has some of the most gruesome moments of the series and an ending so bold I'm surprised Fox ever agreed to release the film. And yet some people
Alien 3 is a fantastic thriller drama that just wasn't for those who wanted more marines with machine guns and swarms of xenomorphs. It might not be a great sequel per se, but it's a magnificient film on its own. Yes it is dark and depressing but it's also smart, has beautiful sets, excellent performances, an outstanding score, amazing cinematography, has some of the most gruesome moments of the series and an ending so bold I'm surprised Fox ever agreed to release the film. And yet some people would rather rewatch the incredibly stupid Prometheus... I don't understand, people on this website keep asking for dark and gritty R-rated flicks... Alien 3 is exactly that! It's a dark and gritty R-rated sci-fi horror thriller, what more could you ask for?!
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10:35AM on 11/26/2014
I totally agree! Both the movie and score to Alien 3 was awesome. I saw it as the more depressing or should i say emotional side of dealing with such a creature. Great film.
I totally agree! Both the movie and score to Alien 3 was awesome. I saw it as the more depressing or should i say emotional side of dealing with such a creature. Great film.
5:28PM on 11/26/2014
Indeed! I will never understand the hate for this movie!
Indeed! I will never understand the hate for this movie!
9:35AM on 11/26/2014
We don't need another Blade Runner, but since it seems like we might get it anyway, I'd just as soon someone else direct it. Prometheus, while set in the Alien universe, is not about the xenomorphs, and I don't feel like it ruined anything about the original Alien/Aliens franchise. Blade Runner 2 has the potential to define that world in a way that it doesn't need to. So having a different person directing means I can take it with a larger grain of salt than I would have otherwise.
We don't need another Blade Runner, but since it seems like we might get it anyway, I'd just as soon someone else direct it. Prometheus, while set in the Alien universe, is not about the xenomorphs, and I don't feel like it ruined anything about the original Alien/Aliens franchise. Blade Runner 2 has the potential to define that world in a way that it doesn't need to. So having a different person directing means I can take it with a larger grain of salt than I would have otherwise.
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7:32AM on 11/26/2014
I suppose he can distance himself from it if it all goes horribly wrong. I never agreed with Deckard being a replicant anyway, it negates the whole point of the story. Whats this one gonna be about? hunting down deckard who has somehow out lived the replicant life span?
I suppose he can distance himself from it if it all goes horribly wrong. I never agreed with Deckard being a replicant anyway, it negates the whole point of the story. Whats this one gonna be about? hunting down deckard who has somehow out lived the replicant life span?
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2:22AM on 11/26/2014
I'd rather watch the Assembly Cut of Alien 3 over Prometheus
I'd rather watch the Assembly Cut of Alien 3 over Prometheus
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11:13PM on 11/25/2014

Duncan Jones, Matt Reeves or Rian Johnson

Not disappointed by this news at all--Scott has fallen off the deep end recently and I'd rather give the project to someone with a younger mind and real appreciation for the story and not just design elements. Johnson is the closes to fulfilling all of these needs, but his commitment to Star Wars would probably prevent him from making this but Jones should be available since he's finishing up with World of Warcraft.
Not disappointed by this news at all--Scott has fallen off the deep end recently and I'd rather give the project to someone with a younger mind and real appreciation for the story and not just design elements. Johnson is the closes to fulfilling all of these needs, but his commitment to Star Wars would probably prevent him from making this but Jones should be available since he's finishing up with World of Warcraft.
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9:18PM on 11/25/2014
David Fincher!!!
David Fincher!!!
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10:17PM on 11/25/2014
Yes sir. I have wanted David Fincher to direct a big badasss sci-fi just to clean his name of Alien3. You are awesome
Yes sir. I have wanted David Fincher to direct a big badasss sci-fi just to clean his name of Alien3. You are awesome
9:02PM on 11/25/2014
I'd rather see him direct Prometheus 2 than another Blade Runner.
I'd rather see him direct Prometheus 2 than another Blade Runner.
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8:43PM on 11/25/2014
David Lynch please
David Lynch please
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7:23PM on 11/25/2014

tidbit: Duncan Jones or Neil Bloomkamp

I'm good with him not directing, give the universe to some fresh blood, plus I'm looking forward to him delivering the 'Prometheus' sequel asap.
I'm good with him not directing, give the universe to some fresh blood, plus I'm looking forward to him delivering the 'Prometheus' sequel asap.
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6:35PM on 11/25/2014
Extra tidbit: Christopher Nolan for Blade Runner 2.
Extra tidbit: Christopher Nolan for Blade Runner 2.
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