Yeah, that doesn't bode too well, does it?
The sequel to "Blade Runner" is apparently still something that Hollywood is seriously considering, as screenwriter Michael Green is currently in talks to do a rewrite job on the script by Hampton Fancher, according to Variety.
Fancher wrote the screenplay to the original "Blade Runner," the 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" It made for the first big-screen treatment of Dick's work, which paved the way for "Total Recall" (1990), "Minority Report" (2002), "Paycheck" (2003), "A Scanner Darkly" (2006) and "The Adjustment Bureau" (2011) – and is considered by many to be one of the best science fiction films of all time.
"Blade Runner" is so good, in fact, that it's probably best to leave well enough alone and not do a sequel over 30 years after its release. But director Ridley Scott seems bound and determined to continue indulging his obsession with his other great sci-fi flick (the first one being "Alien"); Scott has tinkered with "Blade Runner" a lot over the years, resulting in several different versions of the film (the "Final Cut" being released in 2007), and now he's taking it all a step further by committing to directing the sequel, which he announced in August 2011.
Scott, who will turn 76 in November, seems to be returning to the well of his early career a lot lately. Last summer saw the release of "Prometheus," a prequel (or whatever) to "Alien," and the veteran filmmaker has announced that there will be (for whatever reason) a "Prometheus 2" at some point as well.
"Prometheus" wasn't that good. It was pretty and all (as are all of Scott's films), but it raised more questions than it answered and wallowed in stupid characters doing inexplicably stupid things. Scott's misguided return to "Alien" territory certainly doesn't make us confident that a "Blade Runner" sequel will be any good ... perhaps even especially under his watch. Let's face it – Scott's not the same filmmaker he was back during the "Blade Runner" days. The fiercely creative energy that fueled "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Legend" (don't argue; it's a madly passionate piece of work) and even "Black Rain" hasn't been felt since perhaps "Black Hawk Down," and that's now a 12-year-old movie.
"Blade Runner 2" is even more of a bad idea now that Alcon Entertainment is bringing in Michael Green to work on Fancher's script. Green's only big-screen writing credit to date is "Green Lantern" (2011), one of the most reviled comic book films of all time. Green's also written episodes of "Heroes," "Kings," and "Smallville," which has us speculating that he's been assigned to bring a "younger, edgier, sexier" vibe to the world of "Blade Runner." And that's just an awful idea.
Anyway, all of these bad signs might be for naught, as there's a strong possibility that this project will never go beyond the writing stages. Really, there's something about the idea of a "Blade Runner" sequel that makes us think the universe will never allow such a thing to come to pass. It's not necessary ... and does anybody really want to see a "Blade Runner" sequel, no matter who's making it?
Here's hoping that Alcon Entertainment snaps out of it soon and instead of "Blade Runner 2" focuses its energies on creating "the next 'Blade Runner'" – a brand new, groundbreaking, truly grand science fiction film that sets the bar for its era and all that will come after it.