Could Ridley Scott be involved in upcoming BLADE RUNNER sequels or prequels?
Once Warner Bros.' Alcon managed to grab the rights to the sequels and prequels for the BLADE RUNNER property, it was probably only a matter of time before we started hearing these rumors, if only to make investors feel slightly more comfortable. In an interview with io9, producers Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, and Bud Yorkin said that the development process is in its beginning stages and that writers are about to be brought on to help decide where to take the next story within the universe Ridley Scott created way back in 1982 (thank God he turned down DUNE, right?).
Kosove was the most vocal, saying that Christopher Nolan would be their ideal choice (duh...winning), but the idea of Ridley Scott returning is certainly a possibility. "I think the methodology that Chris Nolan brought to BATMAN is precisely what we aspire to whomever the filmmaker is," said Kosove, "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."
It doesn't look like they have reached out to Scott at this time, but the team in place definitely seem to respect the man's work and do not want to undermine the legacy of the first film. Hopefully, this isn't all just lip service. "[W]hat we will say is that Ridley Scott's blessing to what we're doing is very important to Alcon," Kosove continued, "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."