New details of Blade Runner sequel

News Simon Brew

The new Blade Runner film will definitely be a sequel, rather than a prequel, and one or two new details have emerged.

With Prometheus finished and about to start its global roll-out, Sir Ridley Scott has a decision to make. It seems that every year, he's linked with an abundance of new projects, with this next directorial outing set to be The Counselor, based on Cormac McCarthy's book.

After that? Well, one of the possibilities that he's juggling is the planned new Blade Runner film, which he's been chatting a little about to The Daily Beast. He told the site that "I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist." That's all he's saying for the minute, though.

Still, there is more news out there. Deadline has revealed that Hampton Fancher is being asked to pen the script for the Blade Runner follow-up. Confirming that it's a sequel to the first film, and set "several years after the original", Deadline also suggests that this is indeed a project that Scott is looking to direct himself. After The Counselor, then?

Fancher was on scripting duties for the original film, too, although it sounds like Blade Runner 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) is some way off, if it's still in the early writing stages. More on it as we get it.

The Daily Beast.

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