Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove have just announced that Hampton Fancher – the screenwriter for the original Blade Runner – is in official talks to pen the sequel, which will be directed by Ridley Scott.
That’s right. The new Blade Runner will be a sequel, not a reboot or remake. All they’ll say at this point is that the story takes place several years after the events in the original film.
In a statement, the two Alcon execs said, “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.”
Now nearly thirty years old, Blade Runner was based on the Philip K. Dick short story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and has gone through several iterations over the years as Scott finally came to determine the final “director’s cut”. There are at least three “official” versions of the film, which was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Scott has indicated that the new Blade Runner would be his next project following Prometheus.
So, given that this story is set a ways after the original film, and since it’s a direct sequel and not a remake, the odds have just gone up that Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos could reprise their roles from the classic.