'Blade Runner' Writer to Join Sequel

Alcon Entertainment announced that Hampton Fancher, the original writer of “Blade Runner,” is working on a follow-up to Ridley Scott's landmark 1982 sci-fi film.

The Blade Runner continuation that has been in play since last year is officially a sequel.

On Thursday, Alcon Entertainment announced that Hampton Fancher, the original writer of Blade Runner (adapted from the Philip K. Dick novella, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"), is working on a follow-up to Ridley Scott's landmark 1982 sci-fi film, according to a report by Deadline Hollywood. The Blade Runner sequel will take place "some years after the first film concluded."

When Alcon acquired the rights to Blade Runner in March of 2011, the production company (an off-shoot of Warner Bros.) was given free rein to make either a prequel or a sequel to Scott's film, but not a remake.

The movie was a box-office disappointment when it was first released but has since become one of the most important films in the sci-fi genre. In the film, Harrison Ford played a “blade runner,” an expert on artificial humans, who is brought in to hunt down several rebellious "replicants."

Scott is producing with Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, who run Thunderbird Films, are executive producing.

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