The much-discussed Blade Runner 2 is still moving along, and should shoot next year - just without Ridley Scott at the helm. While talking to Variety about Exodus: Gods and Kings* the director said he would produce but hand the reins over to someone else.
Scott has broken the story with Hampton Fancher, and while he says that Harrison Ford will return you shouldn't expect to see much of him. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.” So it's Blade Runner: The Search For Deckard.
This is where I out myself as someone who isn't a huge fan of Blade Runner; I respect it and appreciate what it did, but I don't much like it. And I can tell you that the last thing I care about in a sequel is "What happened to Deckard?" - I would much rather explore the future of that world as opposed to filling in the gaps of what happened in the last thirty years.
It all comes down to who directs. I'm not entirely sure that I trust Scott to find a great director for this project (see 47 Ronin for the last movie from a Ridley Scott protege), but I do think the landscape is full of filmmakers who could really step up and make something special with Blade Runner: Tears of A Replicant. Who would you like to see take the chair?
* Check out the interview for Scott's answer to why his Exodus cast is all white:
“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” Scott says. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”