Saturday, June 01, 2013

Blade Runner Sequel Heads to Big Screen

More than 30 years after its initial release, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult favorite Blade Runner is being prepared for the screen.

Blade Runner was the first of science fiction great Philip K. Dick’s novels to be adapted for the film. It was based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a title moviemakers likely figured wouldn’t gain the quirky film much traction. Other adaptations of Dick’s work have included Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck and The Adjustment Bureau. From Variety:
A sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is gaining momentum, with Michael Green in talks to rewrite the script from Hampton Fancher, who wrote the screenplay for the 1982 original.
Alcon Entertainment has been working on the project for over two years, since announcing in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic thriller. In August 2011, Scott committed to direct. 
Alcon has noted that Scott and his Blade Runner collaborator Fancher originally conceived of Blade Runner as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, from which Blade Runner was adapted.
The full piece is here.



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