This year’s Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, brought Replicant-laden, postapocalyptic Los Angeles to a new generation. Paying homage to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic, the sequel – which was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) – moved the story forward with a new protagonist (Ryan Gosling’s Agent K) while catching us up on what Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard has been up to for the past few decades.
Despite the fact that the film was a critical darling, it proved to be a failure at the box office, making a disappointing $258.7 million worldwide. As Scott has pointed out to Vulture, one reason for the sequel’s poor performance could very well be that that the movie’s “fucking way too long.” Sitting at a whopping two hours and 43 minutes – almost twice as long as the original – Blade Runner 2049 is a very big time investment for a general audience that might not really care about Deckard, Replicants, or whatever Jared Leto is doing in a kimono.
Still, the film’s poor performance hasn’t stopped Scott from dreaming up a few more sequels for Blade Runner. Like the Alien series before it, Scott seems to feel that Blade Runner is worthy of an entire saga of films. In fact, Scott’s already teasing a third movie and has a story for it.
“I think there is another story,” Scott told Digital Spy. “I’ve got another one ready to evolve and be developed, so there is certainly one to be done for sure.”
Whether you’re jumping in joy at the news or sighing, one thing’s for sure: Scott is very keen to explore the sci-fi worlds he created three decades ago. Alien has received two sequels in the past few years and Blade Runner 2049 ends in a way that indicates there’s more story yet to tell. Whether Scott will get to tell that story is anyone’s guess, but his latest forays back into his beloved franchises don’t inspire a lot of confidence – at least when it comes to box office returns – from studios.
We’ll of course keep you updated on this as we hear more!