After finishing his upcoming science fiction epic “Prometheus,” Deadline New York reports Ridley Scott is planning to do a film set in the same universe as “Blade Runner,” a 1980s dystopian film about a man who is assigned to hunt down and kill “replicants” in the year 2019.
When “Blade Runner,” also directed by Scott, was released in the early 1980s, it did not do very well at the box office. It starred Harrison Ford, then famous for his Han Solo role in the “Star Wars” films, as the government assassin, called a blade runner, who hunts down android people called “replicants” who are used to colonize other worlds. The future world of “Blade Runner” was a bleak urban landscape permanently doused with acid rain and overrun with an overpopulated humanity. The replicants, played by Rutger Hauer, Brion James, and Daryl Hannah, escaped to Earth and were thus targeted for termination. Ford’s character, named Deckard, falls in love with another replicant played by Sean Young.
The original “Blade Runner,” loosely based on the Philip K. Dick story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” has become a cult classic for its complicated storyline, well-conceived though bleak future, and themes of mortality and the nature of humanity. It is considered a masterpiece.
It is unknown whether Scott plans to remake “Blade Runner” using modern CGI technology and 3D visual effects or if he is planning a sequel. A sequel, even one that does not star Harrison Ford, would have some problems.
For one thing, 2019 is just eight years away. Human civilization has not yet developed interstellar travel, flying cars, or human-like androids. On the other hand, the Earth is not covered with megalopolises ravaged by pollution and torrential rain. Some of the corporations depicted as existing in 2019 no longer exist in our own history. Thus, “Blade Runner” all but qualifies as alternate history.
There would also be the question of which ending would be used. The original release ending had Deckard and his replicant girlfriend escaping into a pristine countryside, apparently to find some kind of happiness together. The director’s cut had a darker ending.
Also, the question arises that may or may not be answered in a sequel: Was Deckard himself a replicant? This has been the subject of arguments for decades.
Sources: Blade Runner, Yahoo Movies
Ridley Scott Ready To Direct New Version Of Seminal Sci-Fi Film ‘Blade Runner’, Mike Fleming, Deadline New York, August 18, 2011