Ridley Scott’s transmogrification from filmmaker to franchise builder is complete. Having already begun expanding the lore of the “Alien” universe with his two recent films “Prometheus” and “Alien Covenant” along with plans for several more, and now he intends to do something similar for “Blade Runner”.
Chatting with IGN, Scott says he’s now into extending the value of IPs he helped create and intends to follow the George Lucas path laid out by “Star Wars” as to franchising out both properties so they can expand and have a life well beyond him:
“Yes. I think that, you know what, George has always proved that. Of course there’s always something. George Lucas. You know, and the way he’s handled ‘Star Wars’ has been spectacular.
It’s what I’ve been trying to do to really evolve ‘Alien,’ because in those days I wasn’t into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, ‘Well, that’s stupid.’ I’ll use the word ‘duh’ again, right? You’d better get into sequels, duh. So that’s in a way what I’ve been doing.”
Scott also teased a fan theory that the two franchises share the same universe: “Well, I think if ‘Alien’ is in the air, ‘Blade Runner’ is on Earth. And probably is a very good reason why you wanna leave Earth.”
The theory isn’t without grounds as the “Prometheus” DVD boasted an easter egg suggesting Eldon Tyrell was Peter Weyland’s mentor.