With Ridley Scott taking the Producer’s chair in the upcoming sequel to the classic 80’s sci-fi noir, the director has yet be announced. It might be too early to start culminating a Christmas list right now ( a lot can happen in a year) there are definitely some sci-fi heavy hitters that we’d love to see running the Tyrell Corporation. Which would be your best guess?
- Jonathon Glazer – I don’t know if you noticed, but Under the Skin was pretty damn creepy! Scarlett Johansson’s man-eater from the beyond the stars could very well have been a replicant herself…except, you know, for the big pools of bedroom water and the empty skin bags.
- Garth Edwards – It’s hard to hear the name Garth Edwards without having flashes of soldiers levelling pistols at giant reptilian monsters of all sorts, and for good reason. But remember that Edwards already had a crack at an ’80s sci-fi franchise with Dredd (2012). Despite the reviews not being fantastic and hopes for a sequel all but diminished, there was a lot of Blade Runner in the grim, endless city-scapes of Mega City One.
- Jake Paltrow – Having not directed a movie since 2007’s The Good Night, Gwyneth Paltrow’s baby brother has come out swinging with Young Ones, a post-apocalyptic drama where people get pretty antsy when you try and take their water rations away from them. While the film didn’t quite make the impact it was hoping for, it shows that Paltrow might have promise if he’s given the right material.
- William Eubank – Following in a fairly new tradition of shoestring-budget indie sci-fi at Sundance, William Eubank’s The Signal did well, just not really well. If nothing else, the road-trip-turned-thriller proved that Eubank’s got big ideas. Another sci-fi try-hard that could benefit from a little mentoring, from an old master perhaps.
- Dan Gilroy – Since I saw Gilroy’s Nightcrawler at the end of last month, I’ve had some trouble sleeping. Maybe it’s Gilroy’s unmistakable talent for working with darkness and night scenes, or it could be the realisation that Jake Gyllenhaal actually appears in my dreams now, with his cutthroat razor grin. I don’t know, but what I do know is that is the kind of dark matter energy that would be really exciting to see in a Blade Runner sequel.
- Michael Bay – No, I’m just kidding. Seriously, can you imagine?
So that’s what I’ll be asking for this Christmas. What do you think? Did I leave out your ideal Blade Runner frontrunner? Why not yell at me about it?