‘Blade Runner’: Ridley Scott Talks Regret Over Not Directing The Sequel To The Film

Ridley Scott, an English filmmaker, took a look back into his career and shared details about his decision to withdraw from the Blade Runner sequel in a recent interview. After being hired by Alcon Entertainment in 2011 to direct the follow-up to the 1982 film that starred Harrison Ford, the filmmaker had to step down due multiple conflicts and in his stead, another director took over.

What did Ridley Scott say about him giving up the ‘Blade Runner 2049’ project?

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Despite being initially slated to direct the Blade Runner 2049 sequel, Ridley Scott had to bow out and Denis Villeneuve took over the director’s chair. The change was sparked by a scheduling conflict and the film eventually ended up starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto. In the interview with Empire magazine, Scott mentioned his regret regarding his withdrawal from the project, stating that he shouldn’t have had to make the choice to step down and that he should have been the one to direct the film.

“I shouldn’t have had to make that decision, but I had to. I should have done Blade Runner 2.”

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Will Ridley Scott be coming back to direct another ‘Blade Runner’ film?

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Ridley Scott will return to the dystopian future in Amazon Studios’ new series Blade Runner 2099, which is based on the original film, inspired by Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Talking about his involvement with the film, he said: “I’m one of the producers. It’s all set years on. To me, it circles the idea of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.” Scott was involved as an executive producer alongside Alcon Entertainment and Scott Free Productions when Amazon picked up the project in February. The series’ pilot director, producing director, and executive producer is set to be Jeremy Podeswa. Scott has previously also voiced his desire for a sequel to the Blade Runner franchise in an interview with Digital Spy in 2018, “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.”