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Alien: Paradise Lost isn’t the only callback to a sci-fi classic from early in his career that director Ridley Scott is currently working on. During a promotional interview for The Martian, he revealed a little more about the long-awaited follow-up to 1982’s Blade Runner, on which he’s a producer.
“I got Harrison [Ford] back,” Scott said of the cast for the second movie, which will also include Ryan Gosling. “Harrison said, ‘Meh,’ 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.”
The new movie will be set in “2047, roughly,” although that apparently depends on Ford’s co-star. The date, Scott suggested, depends on how “young you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.”
Gosling, the director suggested, would take over the franchise after Ford’s departure — and Scott is thinking of it as a franchise, responding to a question about creating multiple movies in the series with “everyone else is, so why not?” As to what might be behind Ford’s departure, Scott was blunt when dropping a hint and answering an unresolved plot thread from the first movie. “Of course he’s a bloody Replicant!” he said about Deckard — and Replicants, as we know, come with in-built limited lifespans.
The second Blade Runner is scheduled to start production next year, with Denis Villeneuve directing from a screenplay by Michael Green and Hampton Fancher.