Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, the Untitled Blade Runner Project , it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Ridley Scott and his Blade Runner collaborator Hampton Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", from which Blade Runner was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Ridley Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Hampton Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Ridley Scott enlisted him to adapt the novel for the screen. Hampton Fancher followed his Blade Runner success with the screenplays, The Mighty Quinn (1989) and The Minus Man (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Ridley Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
"It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley Scott with Hampton Fancher on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one."
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples from Philip K. Dick 's groundbreaking novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).