Ridley Scott to reteam with original ‘Blade Runner’ screenwriter Hampton Fancher for sequel

By Daniel S Levine,
Scott said that the sequel will also have a female protagonist

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, based on a story by Philip K. Dick, is still considered among the most acclaimed and influential sci-fi films ever made. Fans have heard talk of a sequel for years and it looks like one may finally get off the ground. Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday that Scott will reteam with Hampton Fancher, one of the screenwriters on the original film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Alcon’s press release only confirmed that Fancher was “in talks” to work on the untitled project. Scott and Alcon did not go into any plot details, only saying that it happens “some years after the first film concluded,” which probably means that Harrison Ford, the star of the first film, won’t be back.

When Blade Runner was first released, the film was a box office disappointment for Scott, especially since his 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien was a hit. Still, Blade Runner became a cult hit and has influenced the sci-fi genre since its release.

The film is based on Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Fancher was credited as co-writing the screenplay with David Peoples. While Peoples would go on to write Unforgiven and others, Fancher’s career never really took off. He did direct 1999’s The Minus Man with Owen Wilson.

One other plot detail that we do know is that Blade Runner 2 will have a female protagonist. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Scott said, “Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”

Scott’s next film, Prometheus, hits theaters on June 8.



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