Ridley Scott has announced that the upcoming new Blade Runner film will indeed be a sequel, not a prequel or concurrent story set in the same fictional universe as the original Blade Runner film as some has speculated. According to rumors reported by this website, Harrison Ford, the star of the original film, is in talks to return to star in the new iteration. That isn’t so far fetched when you consider that he did return to star in the fourth Indiana Jones movie, years after starring in the first three.
However, as we previously reported, those involved with the film have stated that “if you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no.” Scott as well has said that Ford will not return.
In any case, the new film will feature an unnamed female lead and Hampton Fancher, the screenwriter for the original film, an adaptation of Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, is in talks to reprise his role as scribe for the film.
Production company Alcon entertainment did say that “The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.”
Alcon execs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said that “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 fromPhilip 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.
Scott has begun holding pre-production meetings for the film. I’m looking forward.