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.
Reader Feedback - 21 Comments
I really hope they do treat this with care! Fingers Crossed!
N. on May 17, 2012
Yeah bad ass! Don't mess it up please.
Rhythm Master on May 17, 2012
I'll guard my optimism on this one. Ridley Scott directing is great news as is Hampton Fancher writing the script. However, I do have some reservations there. For Blade Runner, there was a lot of richly textured source material to work off of; with this new project, they're (I assume) starting completely from scratch. I'll want to hear more about the general details, before I get too excited. On the other hand... Ridley Scott is gonna do a sequel to Blade Runner... good news indeed.
DaveLister_JMC on May 17, 2012
The original "Blade Runner" will be the "richly textured" source material.
Brian Sleider on May 17, 2012
Yeah, but the danger there is treading the same ground again. Need to keep it fresh so it's not just a retread.
DaveLister_JMC on May 17, 2012
No Harrison? For me, that's disappointing. I love Ridley sci-fi, so I'm sure with a few glasses of whiskey I'll get over it.
Quanah on May 17, 2012
What about David Peoples? From the back stories, he played as major a role in crafting BR as Fancher. And Unforgiven ain't chop liver.
Xtheory on May 17, 2012
I'm looking forward to this, even though Harrison won't be in it, unless they go the Tron route and make a younger version of him like they did Jeff Bridges in Tron..plus, I'm gonna miss Daryl Hannah doing backflips!
jah p on May 17, 2012
mooreworthy on May 17, 2012
If there is one thing in which I trust Ridley Scott, it's his ability to find the right actor in the right role. I honestly do want it to be VERY different from the original movie. In case I'm disappointed about the result, the sequel will be easily left aside due to lack of links with the previous movie. But just like Alex said, if Prometheus is as good as it looks, there is hope. I switched off the trailer after 20 seconds or so. I've heard and seen enough to get totally excited.
Peter on May 17, 2012
I will gona die!!!!!! Save me!!!!!! Somebody help me!!!!!! Yeah baby this is another true dream No .. No .. Every dream can be real Salute you mr.Scott God bless you MAN
Ehsan Davodi on May 17, 2012
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." I wan't to see that.
Needs to be in space on May 17, 2012
I don't know. He agreed before there was a script. Hopefully he has an idea. When Nolan came back after Batman Begins it was because he saw how incredible The Dark Knight script was.
si1ver on May 18, 2012
He probably came back because Batman Begins was incredible and he liked the franchise
Geoffrey Shauger on May 18, 2012
That's great news. Let's hope Ridley uses Cinedev instead of previs this time.
Doosh on May 18, 2012
Let`s be sure to bring back Vangelis too please!!! I am rather tired of sequels reboots and remakes but they sure seem to try to make this right as with Prometheus. I am excited.
Loser on May 18, 2012
Couldn't agree more. Bringing back Vangelis is a must if they wish to retain the atmosphere of the original.
Charon on May 18, 2012
mr.loser i agree with you compeletly, because if they dont wana swim in atmosphere f first one basicaly im out. vangelis even in bad movies make masterpiece. in alexandere i love him more than film itself. i think he is very better than propagonda prideus musician nowadays he dont work much and it is shame , he must understand that cinema and world need his talent. i think without vangelis first blade runner was 50% power than this 95% yes vangelis is need more than any musician for this
Ehsan Davodi on May 18, 2012
Harrison is too old now to play the lead, but he could cameo. But after the hell of the first shoot I don't think he'd want to return. There's still plenty to explore in the BR world, so bring it on. (And yeah, Vangelis is a must for the project.)
Max Renn on May 18, 2012
Im all for this so long as it is EPIC
Ashley Sargiotto on May 19, 2012
What in the fuck are talking about?
Carlos Graves on May 21, 2012
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