While out promoting his new film ‘The Martian,’ Ridley Scott has been hounded by questions about his future movies, including the ‘Prometheus‘ sequels, and more interesting, the future of the ‘Blade Runner’ franchise, and the next film coming out. It has already been announced that Ryan Gosling would be taking over as the main character, and that Harrison Ford would be returning, but he also delves into his creative process with the studios, how he got Ford to sign on again, and when the new films are going to take place. Here’s the full interview between Yahoo and Scott, which contains lots of interesting facts about the upcoming film:
Will you have final cut on Blade Runner 2?
Oh, yeah. I mean, I always have final cut on everything, really. Partly because I’m very user-friendly. I always believe when you’re given X amount of money by someone to f—k around with and make a movie, you can’t draw lines in the sand. If I was an investor and you did that to me, I’d remove your ankles. So don’t do the auteur s–t. I respect the guy for giving the money and I respect the studio for saying, “Yeah, you want to do this, here we go.”
You’re doing four Prometheus movies. Do you want to do the same with Blade Runner?
Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say “Work to live,” and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.
Ryan Gosling is a great choice for Blade Runner 2.
Yeah, and I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, “Mehh,” and I said, “No, read this.” And I think he said, “This is the best script I’ve ever had.” We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.
You once said he’s a Replicant in the first one.
Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it.
So don’t Replicants die after four years?
I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense.
And you’re going to hand over the franchise to Ryan Gosling after that.
What year will it be set in?
It was 2017, so coming back it’ll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.
What are your thoughts on these tantalizing ‘Blade Runner’ details? Are you excited to jump back into that world, or do you think Scott should stick to original projects like ‘The Martian,’ and stop trying to resurrect his old franchises? Share your opinions below!