He’s been chatting to Ridley Scott about it.
If any news this morning is likely to put you off your cereal, it’s the knowledge that Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott have been “chatting about” a Blade Runner sequel.
In an ideal world, the conversation would surely have transpired thus:
Scott: ‘I’ve been thinking about a Blade Runner sequel. I’ve been thinking that it should never, ever happen.’
Ford: ‘I agree.’
However, during a recent interview, when asked about the rumours, Ford was unusually frank: “Yeah, we’ve been chatting about it. I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story.”
Quite what story is left to be told, we’re not sure. Depending on your reading of the film, it either has a wonderfully ambiguous ending, or a terrific and definitive one. Either way, it hardly ended as a cliffhanger.
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner remains one of the most influential and beloved science fiction films in the history of cinema. It’s an astonishing piece of work that surely doesn’t need sequel. A Prometheus-esque 21st century update can only undermine everything that was great about the original. All that integrity will be lost, like tears in the rain.