Sometimes the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic Blade Runner can seem like a film franchise all by itself, what with the numerous international cuts, "no, for real this time" director's cuts, and "no, for really real" final cuts the film has spawned. One thing Blade Runner has never had, though, is a sequel — and that's something the writing duo behind the Shia LeBeouf starrer Eagle Eye is working to change. Cowriters Travis Wright and John Glenn have already scripted studio updates to The Warriors and Clash of the Titans, and at a Creative Screenwriting event recently, Wright said Blade Runner is the next property on their hit list:
Wright revealed at the Creative Screenwriting event that they have been working on various treatments for a Blade Runner sequel over the last couple years. And there is also the claim that recently the duo have been working with Blade Runner co-executive producer Bud Yorkin on the project. It should be noted that Yorkin likely doesn’t control the rights to a Blade Runner sequel, and all of this is being developed outside of the studio. But this isn’t just some small side project, Travis also claims that they are already working with a previsualization team on some of the hunter action sequences for their eventual pitch with the studio. I don’t believe that Ridley Scott is involved, but the screenwriting team has worked directly with his brother Tony Scott on projects, so their might be a possible connection.
While we regard the idea of a Blade Runner sequel as simply batty, we're heartened that the project doesn't yet have studio cooperation. Travis and John, we understand the allure of a sci-fi brand name and an easy paycheck, but if you give us a bedraggled Shia LeBeouf as Deckard and a cartwheeling Mandy Moore as the replicant with whom he's forced to tussle, we're sending Rutger Hauer after you. Trust us, he could use the work.