In a press release yesterday, Alcon Entertainment announced that Hampton Fancher is in talks to join Ridley Scott with bringing the world of ‘Blade Runner’ back to the big screen. This is exciting news to fans of the movie as Fancher wrote the original screenplay that helped define the sci-fi genre.
Back in 1982 when Scott and Fancher got together to create ‘Blade Runner,’ they originally had planned it to be the first of a series of movies based on the themes and characters from Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’After the ‘Blade Runner’ was made, however, Scott became involved in other projects and a franchise was never established. Now it looks like the duo can continue their plans as they team up for this next film.
Although an actual script and story has yet to be written, we already know that the next film’s protagonist will be a female and now word has it that this ‘Blade Runner’ film will officially be a sequel that will take place “several years after the first film concluded.”
The question as to whether or not Harrison Ford would be involved in this film has been raised a few times with producer Andrew Kosgove saying, “if you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting.” Scott, however, was more diplomatic and stated that nothing would “please” him more if Ford was involved. (Maybe a cameo can be arranged?)
No release date has been set forth as the project is still in the development phase but it may be some time before ‘Blade Runner 2’ hits the theaters. Scott has several other projects in the works and is set to start production soon on ‘The Counselor.’
With the highly anticipated success of ‘Prometheus,’ many are hoping that Scott will be able to do the same with ‘Blade Runner,’ provide a separate yet connected movie apart from the original film. Without a doubt, however, the re-pairing of the duo that brought Rick Deckard to life will be one that the sci-fi fans can truly gush over.