Original 'Blade Runner' Writer Returns to Pen Sequel for Ridley Scott
Last November sci-fi fans got a special treat from director Ridley Scott when he confirmed that he was looking to direct a sequel to Blade Runner, the classic 1982 sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford. The film is based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and it was screenwriter Hampton Fancher who adapted the book for the big screen, and now Heat Vision has word that he's being brought back to script the sequel for Alcon Entertainment. As expected, plot details are non-existent, but the story will be set "some years after the first film concluded." That's about the best damn news we've heard all week.
When we heard about this project in November, Scott said the sequel would not have Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard character or any of the original characters from the first film. That's a little disappointing, but if Prometheus is half as good as it looks, having Scott return to that Blade Runner universe, even without Harrison Ford, is still pretty damn enticing. At least Fancher is coming back to write the story, and hopefully it's something truly original, and not just an attempt to make some money. I would never expect that from Scott, and the folks at Alcon even said last year, "We want people to know that we're very serious about doing this in an artistic way. This isn't just commercial fodder." Let's hope they're right.