Just last week we reported that the very busy Ridley Scott will produce–but not direct–the much-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner. Today, however, comes news that Scott is keen to helm the project after all. Praising the script and acknowledging the personal nature of the original, the director told Yahoo he is reconsidering his decision to let someone else direct. “The script is very, very good. Very good. I wouldn’t know [what sort of director we’d want]. It’s a hard one to track because it’s a very personal piece of my work…Blade Runner may be one of the most personal pieces I did. I got so beaten up for it, I said I’d never try that again. But here we are. It’s sitting there ready to be made.”
Harrison Ford will also be involved in Blade Runner 2, but will not be the lead. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act,” Scott told Variety recently.Blade Runner 2 is scheduled to begin filming in 2015. Scott is directing The Martian next year; if he chooses to direct the sequel to Blade Runner as well, presumably it won’t go before the lens until late next year or even 2016.