Back in August, news broke that director Ridley Scott had signed on to direct
and produce a new installment of his iconic sci-fi film "Blade Runner," but no further details were revealed.
Now it can be told that the project will be a sequel, and the original film's
screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, has been recruited to develop the film.
"He still speaks the speak. He's right there," Scott told Entertainment
Weekly back in February about "Blade Runner" discussions with Fancher, who is in
talks to develop the idea for the original screenplay.
The announcement comes from Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the rights to
the film franchise in March of 2011. The filmmakers would reveal only that the
new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
Based on Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,"
Scott's 1982 film starred Harrison Ford as a retired Los
Angeles detective in 2019 tasked with tracking down a quartet of Replicants --
perfect androids practically indistinguishable from humans -- who are illegally
on Earth seeking to meet their maker and extend their expiration date.