Ridley Scott Will Not Direct 'Blade Runner' Sequel That's Still Happening

November 26, 2014

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Though Ridley Scott still hasn't reached the dramatic climax where he realizes that the long in-development, woefully belated Blade Runner sequel has reached its time to die, he has at least given up on one aspect of the film. Surprisingly, that aspect is not the part about an increasingly-enfeebled Harrison Ford trying to run around another sci-fi sequel.

"Harrison is very much part of [the sequel], but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act," Scott told Variety. "We talked at length about what it could be, and [original co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and I] came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one." At last, Blade Runner fans may see their unicorn-like dream of a 70-something Deckard doddering off to Chinatown until his family gets worried.

Still, despite such an auspicious promise as "a pretty-strong three-act storyline," apparently Scott will no longer direct. It's said that while the film is still moving forward with an eye on a 2015 production date, the original classic's director will now merely produce. It's too bad he won't give [direction]. But then again... who will?

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