New details for Blade Runner sequel

Original screenwriter will return

While promotional material for Prometheus has come in waves over the last few months, it's all gone a bit quiet over Ridley Scott's other big sci-fi project, the potential sequel to Blade Runner.

However, new details have emerged today, chief of which is the news that original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher is currently in talks to return for round two.

An official press release confirms that Fancher is in discussions to pen a sequel, with Scott already in place to fill the director's chair for a second time.

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

Still more intriguing is the news that the sequel will boast a female lead. "We have a very good take on it," said Sir Ridley himself of the forthcoming sequel, "and we'll definitely be featuring a female protagonist."

Whether or not Harrison Ford will also return remains unclear, with Scott having played down rumours that the star had been in talks to take the lead. However, there's still plenty of time for that to change, with filming unlikely to begin until 2013. Never say never, eh Harrison?

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 18th 2012, 8:27

      It would be awesome if Harrison did come back but, it really wouldn't fit with Ridley Scott's idea that he was a replicant (probably)... or would it?

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    • JamieTSB

      May 18th 2012, 8:28

      If this is to be a sequel, then I suppose my main question will be...which version is it a sequel to?

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      May 18th 2012, 8:51

      I think Ford is already busy making 1 film in 2013

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 18th 2012, 8:58

      I think Scott said about Prometheus (though it was originally intended to be a straight prequel) that he did not want to do a direct prequel to Alien ('been there, done that') just something set in the same universe and im hoping this is the approach they decide to take with this. i for one do not want something that answers the questions that the 'original' left us with. I do NOT want to know what happened to Deckard and Rachel after that lift door closed, its much better left to the imagination.

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    • Hadouken76

      May 18th 2012, 9:49

      Mixed feelings about this. Hope they don't hire Ford, if only to preserve the ambiguity of the original. I would like to see it about an innocent replicant on the run, rather than a Blade Runner pursuing a bunch of randoms. On the plus side, it won't be directed by hacks-for-hire Len Wiseman, McG, Brett Ratner and Paul 'da fuq is the story?' Anderson.

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    • ilikescifi

      May 18th 2012, 14:15

      Um I think the Ghost in the Shell series would be a good template. The idea of the synthetic hunting the synthetic is fully explored there.

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    • FBSBaker16

      May 18th 2012, 21:49

      I seem to remember that there was a couple of books that followed on the story of Blade Runner. It goes along the lines of Dekkard and Rachel living on the run and going to the off world colonies. i think it would be interesting to re-unite the original cast. either that or just leave it alone. some films don't need a sequel and stand alone just fine. If Ridley does make a sequel it has got to be spot on in regards to story, visuals and character.

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    • LongDown

      May 19th 2012, 10:28

      There seems to be little difference between Scott's Blade Runner and Prometheus universes at the moment (Replicants, Off-World colonies, Tyrell Corp and Weyland...) - what happened to the rumours he would be bringing the two together? (And no, I'm not looking for a Blade Runner Vs Alien film!)

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 21st 2012, 11:35

      No they are not

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 21st 2012, 11:35

      And neither is Wynona Ryder

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    • writerdave87

      May 22nd 2012, 0:03

      KoC, if they cast Justin Bieber as young Deckard you should audition to play a facehugger. I hear you're good at forcing things down young boys' throats.

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