The long term project of a Blade Runner sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film is getting closer with news of a rewrite from screenwriter Michael Green. Green is to in talks to rewrite the original Hampton Fancher screenplay.
Alcon Entertainment has been working on the project since their announcement in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic thriller.
Ridley Scott, who directed the original film, committed to directing the sequel in August 2011.
Alcon Entertainment has said that Ridley Scott and his former Blade Runner collaborator Hampton Fancher had originally planned for the Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer film to be the first in a series series of films incorporating the themes and characters that had been created in Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? the book that the Blade Runner screenplay had been adapted from.
In the original sequel to the 1982 film, written by Hampton Fancher, the story and the screenplay is set several years after the first film concluded in futuristic and somewhat wet version of Los Angeles.
Ridley Scott did reveal in May 2012 that the story will feature a female protagonist, but that could change now that screen “doctor” Michael Green is involved. The original classic centered on Deckard, who is tasked with finding and destroying four human clones known as replicants in the year 2019.
Alcon Entertainment’s co-presidents, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are set to produce. Both of the Acorn exec’s produced The Blind Side together. The two will produce the film with producers Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, as well as Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble from Thunderbird Films are executive producers.
Now that Michael Green has been brought on board for a rewrite, the Blade Runner sequel appears to be getting closer to fruition. Green comes to the project with some pretty impressive bona fides.
Michael Green has recently finished 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. The replicants are trying to hunt down their creator, who engineered them with limited life spans. The group are hiding out in 2019 Los Angeles because of their notable strength and intelligence, whenever anyone finds out that they are not human, the information becomes deadly. Harrison Ford’s character is a “blade runner,” a police officer who kills replicants when necessary.
Philip K Dick, who died in 1962 has had quite a few of his novels (and short stories) turned into films. “Blade Runner” -from the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?was the first of Dick’s works to be adapted into a film by Hollywood, setting the stage for Total Recall – was adapted from a Dick short story, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale as well as A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck and The Adjustment Bureau.
Blade Runner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993. With the film sequel getting a rewrite it is getting closer to becoming a celluloid reality, Acorn Entertainment, who finance their own films “in-house” do have an “output” deal with Warner Bros, according to Variety.
By Michael Smith