Earlier this year, when Alcon Entertainment bought the rights to Blade Runner--a crown jewel to place alongside such lesser trophies as their Dude, Where's My Car?, Chasing Liberty, Racing Stripes, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the Wicker Man remake, P.S. I Love You, One Missed Call, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The Blind Side, Lottery Ticket, Something Borrowed, Dolphin Tale, and the upcoming Queen Latifah/Dolly Parton comedy Joyful Noise--the threat of an painfully-extended Blade Runner franchise came only in the vaguest terms, with the company talking about "multi-platform concepts" for "any prequel or sequel [they] produce" as if they might just be a couple of shit heads who had absolutely no idea what they were going to do with their expensive new purchase. In August, when Ridley Scott officially came on to produce and direct, still there was no apparent direction for the film--though, in fairness, Alcon had at least finally revealed who they would have providing the voice for their CGI Hong Kong Phooey movie. But now, finally, thanks to an interview between Scott and the Wall Street Journal, we're starting to jussssst barely get a hint at what this new film will be.
In short, it's "liable to be a sequel." Though that statement also sort of implies it might not be a sequel, so maybe it won't be. But if it is a sequel, or maybe even if it's not, it will go ahead, Scott said, "not with the past cast, of course," because of course not. Asked for clarification that this means no Deckard, and thus, ostensibly, no Harrison Ford, Scott cryptically added only, "No, not really"--perhaps playing coy, perhaps leaving the door open for Ford to return as a human character that the Deckard replicant was based on (whoops, ambiguous spoiler!), or perhaps Ridley Scott is just a regular 74-year-old man, tired of all this talk of androids and aliens, and ready for someone to drive him for his weekly lotto tickets. Maybe we'll find out once his Alien prequel comes out, after someone takes him for his lottos.