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Not many people believed that a sequel to Blade Runner was a good idea. However, as it turns out, those fears about a sequel failing to live up to the original were misplaced. In Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve gave us a film which, for me, surpasses Blade Runner. In fact, I will be heartbroken if Blade Runner 2049 does not receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
If nothing else, it is an absolute lock to get an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. Still, despite critical acclaim, talks of a sequel to Blade Runner 2049 have been pretty non-existent. This is probably due to its underwhelming performance at the box office. If a film does not make a film studio money, then the chances of a sequel are pretty slim.
However, this has not stopped Ridley Scott from speaking about a possible third film in the Blade Runner franchise. In fact, it seems as though he is ready to start filming right now! In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Ridley Scott confirmed that he has an idea for another sequel set in the Blade Runner universe. This is what he said on the matter:
“I hope so, I think there is another story. I’ve got another one ready to evolve and be developed, so there is certainly one to be done for sure”.
Now, I do believe that Ridley Scott has an idea. It may even be quite a good one. But, I want him to give that idea to Denis Villeneuve. If a third Blade Runner film is going to happen, I do not want Ridley Scott directing it. I do not want Ridley Scott to be the screenwriter either. While I did not hate Alien: Covenant, it did not make me believe that Ridley Scott can consistently create amazing science fiction films.
I Am Cool With A General Concept By Ridley Scott Being Used
Moreover, Ridley Scott would probably not be Warner Bros. first choice to direct any sequel to Blade Runner 2049. Clearly, Denis Villeneuve, if he can work on a smaller budget, would be in contention as well as many other talented directors. If Ridley Scott has come up with a great general concept for a sequel to Blade Runner 2049, then I would be fine with it being used. However, when it comes to the specifics of directing and screenwriting, then he should not be involved. I want other talented individuals within the film industry to be given a chance.
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