It has been announced that the Hampton Fancher, the original screenwriter responsible for the 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” is in talks to reunite with director Ridley Scott to develop the oft discussed and highly anticipated sequel for Alcon Entertainment.
Details on the nature of the story are still shrouded in a bit of mystery and if the trajectory of the marketing campaign for “Prometheus” (Scott’s upcoming, unofficial “Alien” prequel) is to be any guide we imagine they will remain so for quite some time.
All that producers will reveal is that “the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.”
A press release from the production company reminds us that:
“‘Blade Runner’ collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’, from which ‘Blade Runner’ was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.”
In fact before “Prometheus” went into active production there was some talk of Scott producing a “Blade Runner” web series with his brother Tony. Indeed, here has been no time in history more suited to a franchise that with arms in multiple media platforms, beginning and ending in the cinema.
We imagine the forward momentum on a “Blade Runner” sequel speaks to a high level of confidence in “Prometheus” the film that marks Scott’s return to the sci-fi genre.
We will keep you updated as details on the “Blade Runner” sequel emerge.
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