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UPDATE: Blade Runner 2 looks to have a new screenwiter

June 1st, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

 

Ridley Scott has been talking about making a sequel to Blade Runnerfor years. It seems that he is now one step closer. Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

 He’s one of the writers who worked on the Green Lantern movie, which of course doesn’t spark much confidence. But Green has been somewhat in demand as of late, recently completing rewrites on Robopocalypse  and Warners Bros.’ Gods and Kings.

There is no official confirmation on if the movie will be a sequel or a prequel, but according to The Wrap:

“it will be set some years after the conclusion of the influential first film.” They also say that Scott will be back to direct the film, and that he’s trying to get Harrison Ford to reprise his role, which would be amazing! If Ford is willing to come back as Han Solo for the next Star Wars film, I’m sure he’d do another Blade Runner movie! As a matter of fact you can see him talking about reprising his classic roles here.

While original 1982 film didn’t do very well at the box office or with critics, I think it was just far ahead of its time. Over the years it’s gained a massive fan base and finally got the recognition it deserves.

The original film 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.

Released by Warner Bros. in 1982, Blade Runner was of course adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Ridley Scott following his 1979 groundbreaking film Alien. (talk about a one, two punch) Blade Runner was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

Blade Runner is an epic property to take on, and I imagine there’s a lot of pressure to create something that lives up to its legacy.

After Prometheus I wonder how fans feel about this?

 

 

UPDATE: Alcon just put out the following press release confirming the news of Green’s negotiations to rewrite the Blade Runner sequel.

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 31, 2013, 3:30 pm, EST — Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Green recently completed rewrites on “Robopocalypse” and Warners Bros.’ “Gods and Kings.”

Alcon and Yorkin previously announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.

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.

Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others.

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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at ed-pool.tumblr.com or his Twitter @ed_pool

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