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Michael Green in talks to rewrite script

A sequel to Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” is gaining momentum, with Michael Green in talks to rewrite the script from Hampton Fancher, who wrote the screenplay for the 1982 original.

Alcon Entertainment has been working on the project for over two years, since announcing in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic thriller. In August 2011, Scott committed to direct.

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Alcon has noted that Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of “Blade Runner” as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” from which “Blade Runner” was adapted.

Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set several years after the first film concluded in a dystopian version of Los Angeles.

Alcon co-toppers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce, with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with  Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble of Thunderbird Films are executive producers.

Green recently completed rewrites on “Robopocalypse” and Warners Bros. “Gods and Kings.” He also wrote the screenplay for Warner’s “The Green Lantern”; TV credits include “Heroes,” “The River,” “Kings” and “Everwood.”

In the original film, Rutger Hauer played the leader of a group of escaped “replicants” — genetically engineered androids used for work on Earth’s off-world colonies — who are hiding out in 2019 Los Angeles. Harrison Ford’s character is a “blade runner,” a police officer who kills replicants when necessary.

The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993.

Alcon fully finances its films and has an output deal with Warner Bros., which distributed the original “Blade Runner.”

“Blade Runner” was the first of Dick’s works to be adapted into a film by Hollywood, setting the stage for “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck” and “The Adjustment Bureau.”

Fancher is repped by APA and Green is repped by WME.

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