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When the news hit last week that another movie in the Blade Runner was very close to becoming a reality, there was both a lot of groans and excitement among the chattering nerd crowd. With the producers claiming no intention of remaking Ridley Scott's film, just expanding the massive sci-fi universe the movie was set in, it seemed possible they could really take off on the ideas of the first one and make it even bigger; it also seemed possible they could ruin the coolness of replicants and pleasure models forever.
Now io9 has caught up with producers Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Bud Yorkin-- among the only people formally attached to the project, which Alcon Entertainment is financing-- and they're making even more promises about how they won't ruin Blade Runner. While Kosove won't talk specifically about whether or not they've reached out to Ridley Scott, he promises that the director's "blessing to what we're doing is very important to Alcon. It's important to Bud [Yorkin], and certainly we have the greatest degree of respect to him as a filmmaker. He's one of the greatest living directors and one of the greatest directors of all time. So of course he's very important."
The trio wasn't revealing whether or nor they were planning a prequel or a sequel, and with no script in place it seems that they might not actually know; they did promise that replicants will be part of the story, and even went along with speculation that they could make a great prequel by showing the replicant uprising that preceded the first film. And they also name-dropped one of the most successful directors Alcon Entertainment has worked with, Christopher Nolan, in talking about what they want to make of the film:
"To be clear, we cannot remake Blade Runner. As a legal matter, we have not bought the remake rights we have no interest in remaking it we can only do prequels or sequels. But I think the methodology that Chris Nolan brought to Batman is precisely what we aspire to whomever the filmmaker is, whether Ridley comes back and joins us or it's someone else. It's precisely what we aspire to with Blade Runner, that's the template for us."
Note that they're not suggesting they'll bring in Nolan to direct the film-- he's plenty busy with his own stuff anyway-- but just that they're trying to mimic his skill and style. You can read a lot more of what the producers had to say about io9, and decide for yourself if it's encouraging. Something about their enthusiasm strikes me as genuine, and for the first time, I'm wondering if this prequel/sequel idea might work out well after all.