Ridley Scott Never Wanted To Make A Blade Runner Sequel

Or any sequel ever for that matter of fact

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Ridley Scott had "no interest" in making a Blade Runner sequel when the cult classic was released in 1982.

Luckily for him, Blade Runner 2049 has been dubbed "the triumphant sequel fans deserve" - so it looks as though the 35 year wait might have just been worth it after all.

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The 79-year-old filmmaker said he originally felt the story, which was based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, was complete.

Speaking To Den Of Geek about returning to the world of Blade Runner, Scott said: "Umm, yeah. You change over time. At that point I had no interest in ever doing a sequel, that's why I never did a sequel to Alien for another 20 years, and then I thought "Do you know what, I'd better go back to this.

"Because I'd done two science fiction [films], Alien and Blade Runner, and I felt that that was it. That's enough science fiction for a career. And of course, I never realised that the awakening of the science fiction universe, over many, many films, would get so large."

Ridley Scott on the set of Blade Runner in 1982

Scott says the second movie works so well because it has a "clear and straightforward narrative", although he wasn't about to give too much away, as he knows how much fans hate a spoiler.

"We try not to repeat ourselves, and that's why I always felt that I didn't want to do a sequel. But returning to this now, I was asked by Alcon, they said there wasn't a story. I said 'well, actually there's a very clear and present and straightforward story, which opens up into a more complex universe, with all its outcomes and characters."

Scott returned as an Executive Producer for the new film, with Denis Villeneuve taking his place as director. Although Scott admitted from the offset there was one thing that was never going to change, sequel or not.

"It's fundamentally about AIs, though. The idea that I always on insisted from day one, because I directed the fucking movie, is that Harrison Ford, Deckard, is a Replicant. He had to be. So for this story to function today, he has to be a Replicant, otherwise there's no story."