If any Blade Runner fans are still gunning for another movie in the franchise, there's still hope. Ridley Scott, the director behind the original 1982 classic, revealed that he's ready to return behind the camera to helm its sequel.
Scott said he already has an idea in mind to expand the dystopian world of androids versus humans. "I think there is another story," he told Digital Spy. "I've got another one ready to evolve and be developed, so there is certainly one to be done for sure." After the underwhelming performance of last October's Blade Runner 2049, maybe it is a good idea for Scott to fully take control of the next movie.
The director took a back seat to executive produce the film while Denis Villeneuve managed the director's chair. Blade Runner 2049 only grossed $258.7 million worldwide against an estimated budget between $150–185 million, which isn't the major box office break the studios were hoping for. Some critics attributed it to the movie's length (it ran for 2 hours and 44 minutes) and the lack of intriguing marketing.
Scott himself even criticized the movie, agreeing that it was too long. "I have to be careful what I say," he prefaced in a Vulture interview before sharing his true thoughts: "It was fucking way too long. Fuck me! And most of that script’s mine. When you get a guy who’s done a low-budget movie and you suddenly give him $180 million, it makes no sense whatsoever."
But to be fair, the original Blade Runner was also panned (it made $33.8 million worldwide against a $28 million budget) and took years to become a cult favorite. So if this sequel does come to fruition, it's possible that Scott's franchise trend will continue to be met with the same mixed reviews.