Ridley Scott Won’t Direct “Blade Runner 2”

In surprising news, filmmaker Ridley Scott has revealed that he is no longer attached to direct the in development “Blade Runner” follow-up that he’s been developing for several years.

Speaking with Variety, Scott confirmed he is still on board to produce the film and confirms that production will take place sometime next year, but wouldn’t go into details about why he is no longer taking the helm.

Scott and the original “Blade Runner” writer Hampton Fancher developed the script for the sequel, with “Green Lantern” scribe Michael Green coming onboard last Summer to polish it. Recently Scott reportedly indicated that the script is ready, and here he confirms Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard character is a part of the story:

“We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”

Scott is presently busy gearing up for production on “The Martian” which will take up much of his time next year ahead of filming on the sequel to “Prometheus” in late 2015/early 2016. With “Blade Runner 2” also slated to film next year, the scheduling has always seemed a bit confusing. With Scott opting to only produce, now it all fits.