I have been cautiously optimistic when the news broke a few months ago about Ridley Scott directing another Blade Runner movie, only cautiously because I tend to be skeptical when sequels/prequels of great movies are made especially when they were not planned from the beginning like the Star Wars or the Matrix movies. But there have been a few good sequels like Star Trek 2, Lethal Weapon 2, Superman 2, The Dark Knight, The Road Warrior and The Silence of the Lambs (Yes!, look it up.). There are more I could list but not lots and lots.
Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time and I don’t want a pointless sequel to be made just to cash on the insurgency of Philip K. Dick in the public zeitgeist. But I like all of Ridley Scott‘s science fiction movies and if he wasn’t directing, I would be hesitant. Also this quote from the Wall Street Journal blog post “Ridley Scott Says He’ll Direct ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel”: “Scott says the new “Blade Runner” project is moving ahead “not with the past cast, of course.” No Deckard? “No, not really,” he says.”
I’m encouraged that it’s going to be a sequel and not a prequel. Who can replace Harrison Ford (and there’s no way to make him look that young again!)? I’m impressed that Scott is making another movie in the universe and maybe something that is thematically similar. Or even moving on to another related theme that he extracted from the first movie? I’m not really sure but those are hopeful thoughts.
My feeling has moved from cautiously optimistic to looking forward to the movie.
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