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Ridley Scott will no longer direct Blade Runner sequel

Sir Ridley Scott directs Body of Lies

Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott has confirmed that he will no longer be directing the sequel to his sci-fi classic Blade Runner.

Instead, the director will stay on the project as a producer, according to an interview he gave to Variety magazine while promoting his latest film, the biblical epic Exodus.

In the same interview, Scott went on to reveal that Harrison Ford’s character, blade runner Rick Deckard, will not appear until the follow-up’s third act.

“Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act,” he said. “It makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one.”

The Blade Runner sequel was originally being written by Hampton Fancher, who worked with Scott on the original. But Fancher’s script has been given a makeover by Michael Green, whose past movies include Fantastic Four and The Green Lantern (both of which were panned).

Based on Philip K Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the original Blade Runner was not a box office or critical hit upon released in 1982, but has since achieved classic status and is considered to be one of science fiction’s greatest movies, especially once Scott released a more sombre director’s cut in 1992, which ditched the happy ending.

The story follows Ford’s Deckard as he seeks out a gang of replicants (led by Rutger Hauer) who have escaped to Earth from an off-world colony with murderous intentions.

Work on Blade Runner 2 is expected to begin within the next year.

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