Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Becomes Official; Hires Original 'Blade Runner' Screenwriter (Updated)

Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Becomes Official; Hires Original 'Blade Runner' Screenwriter (Updated)

May 17, 2012

Damon Lindelof screenwriterUPDATE: An official press release has been issued regarding the Blade Runner sequel and the discussions with Hampton Fancher to write the script. Read it in full below the Prometheus sequel info ... 

If you haven’t  read or seen enough of  Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus yet, the Alien filmmaker was recently the focus of a four-page article at THR. In the piece, Scott reveals even more spoilers for the project (why is he so intent on spoiling his own film before audiences have even had a chance to see it? I’d love to be the writer who got to sit down with him and ask that question…), but if you can’t wait a few more weeks to experience it for yourself, dive in now.

While Prometheus hasn’t even hit theaters yet, there’s already sequel talk afoot. You may find yourself wondering “hey, if Prometheus is supposedly a prequel to Alien, how can there be a sequel? Wouldn’t that be Alien?” – and those are valid questions. However, writer Damon Lindelof assures EW that he has a full plan for a sequel and that it won’t be an Alien remake.

“I look at it (a Prometheus sequel) more like a story that is running parallel to the original Alien, so that if there was a sequel to this movie, it would not be Alien, it would be Prometheus 2. And then Prometheus 2 is parallel to Aliens. And [I showed them] here’s how we could do that. And so I sent off that email and I got into my bed. I didn’t sleep at all. And at 10 a.m. the next morning, my agent called me and said, ‘Whatever it is you did, they liked it. Can you go in and meet now?’

Note: Lindelof mentions both Alien and Aliens in the above quote, but we're pretty sure what he means is that Prometheus 2 would run parallel to Alien, not Aliens. However, we admit it's an odd quote, and may just mean that it'll be mirroring the tone of Alien and Aliens, as one reader noted. 

Of course, Prometheus 2 might have to wait a bit before it moves forward – Scott has a very full slate of projects, including another sci-fi feature that has fans abuzz: a follow-up to his cult classic cyberpunk film Blade Runner.

There’s not a lot of new news to pass along, but one interesting tidbit involves screenwriter Hampton Fancher. Early reports had Scott “talking” to Fancher about returning to write the new film. Now, THR reports that Scott is “developing a Blade Runner sequel, which the original’s co-screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, is penning.”

We’re not sure how much stock we put in that statement – but perhaps the talks went well and Fancher is fully onboard…and writing a sequel. We’ll have to wait and see.

So, readers – what do you think about a Prometheus sequel running parallel to Aliens? What about Hampton Fancher returning to write a new Blade Runner? Share your thoughts below. [via Bleeding Cool]

UPDATE: An official press release has been issued regarding the Blade Runner sequel and the discussions with Hampton Fancher to write the script. Read it in full below ... 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 16, 2012—Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.

The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “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.

Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his “Blade Runner” success with the screenplays, “The Mighty Quinn” (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.

Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”

Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, "Blade Runner" was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others. 

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