They also confirmed what director Ridley Scott has been saying for weeks: “Blade Runner” writer Hampton Fancher is in talks to help develop the project.
Alcon Entertainment announced early last year that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels (no “reboots” allowed) to “Blade Runner,” but producers weren’t certain how they would re-approach the 1982 thriller starring Harrison Ford. In August, Ridley Scott committed to direct.
Announcement from producers Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free and Bud Yorkin contained no further details as to the project such as which characters might return. But it 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.
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“Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced,” it added.
Fancher followed “Blade Runner” with the screenplays “The Mighty Quinn” (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). Scott will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin.
Kosove and Johnson said in a statement: “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.”
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 policeman who kills replicants when necessary.
Alcon fully finances its films and has an output deal with Warner Bros., which distributed the original “Blade Runner.”
Fancher is repped by APA and attorney Matt Saver.