It seems like there might not have been any sequel to Blade Runner had Ridley Scott not been reawakened by the Star Trek franchise.
Not only did the science fiction filmmaker make his way back to the Alien franchise to deliver the terrifying Alien: Covenant, Scott also decided to produce Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049.
Promoting the highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel in an interview with Den of Geek, the filmmaker decided to open up about his return to the Alien and Blade Runner franchises and credit his reawakening towards the science fiction genre to Star Trek.
"You change over time. At that point I had no interest in ever doing a sequel, that's why I never did a sequel to Alien for another 20 years, and then I thought ‘Do you know what, I'd better go back to this.' Because I'd done two science fiction [films], Alien and Blade Runner, and I felt that that was it. That's enough science fiction for a career. And of course, I never realized that the awakening of the science fiction universe, over many, many films, would get so large. You can't thank Star Wars for that, you can thank, God bless them, Star Trek. You've got all that. It's evolved and made another form of entertainment."
Though Star Wars would have also been a likely contender, Star Trek has lasted as an influential science fiction franchise for more than 51 years and lately there's been a whole ruckus over the franchise's new series, Star Trek: Discovery.
Blade Runner 2049 hits cinemas October 6, 2017.