Blade Runner sequel with female lead and original writer Hampton Fancher

Blade2After Prometheus, Ridley Scott is again venturing into science fiction territory with a sequel to his often praised, android hunting, off-world colony, more human than human SF classic Blade Runner. While there was early talk of a possible return of Harrison Ford in the lead role as Deckard, it looks like this time round Scott is aiming for a female lead.

Scott recently spoke to The Daily Beast.

"Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week," he said. "We have a very good take on it. And we'll definitely be featuring a female protagonist."

He also mentioned that the film will officially be a sequel to the original Blade Runner (which was set in the all too close year of 2019) picking up "some years" after Deckard's story.

While Harrison Ford definitely won't be returning as Deckard, former Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher may be back to the help write the script. He's in talks with the film's producers. There was no mention of David Peoples, Blade Runner's other co-writer.

While Blade Runner was based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, it wasn't exactly a faithful adaptation - more an unfaithful one if anything - there was a lot of material excised from the original story and therefore a lot of material Scott could expand upon if he so desired in a sequel or two. It will be fascinating to see what he does. We're looking at late 2013 I'm guessing, if we're very lucky.

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