Ridley Scott is in the middle of a hard push for his latest film Prometheus, which finally hits theaters on June 8. Much has been made of the films connection to the Alien universe—some promo material downplays the relations, others seemingly play it up. Either way it doesn’t matter, Prometheus looks fantastic and it is somehow, loosely, linked to Alien. All that aside, Scott is now working to return to another of his beloved sci-fi properties, 1982’s Blade Runner. The news that Scott would take another stab at this came out last summer—he’s been fiddling with it while working on Prometheus—and he’s handing the writing duties to Hampton Fancher, who wrote the script for Blade Runner.
Aside from the news that this will be a proper Blade Runner sequel, the only real details are “that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.” Scott and 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?”
Obviously the plan for a franchise never developed, but talk about what if, right? For years fans have been clamoring for more, speculating about what happens beyond the events of Blade Runner. Scott has said that star Harrison Ford will not return as Deckard, but he and Fancher want to further explore the world of the original.
Though it is improbable that Scott will jump into a Blade Runner sequel immediately after Prometheus—he’s set to direct The Counselor, based on an original script by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men)—but that would be fitting. He went directly from Alien in 1979 to Blade Runner in 1982. There’s also been talk of Prometheus follow ups, should that film prove to be a success this summer, which could further delay a Blade Runner sequel. Regardless if this actually ever happens or not, the possibility is intriguing, and this will be fun to wonder about for some time to come.
UPDATE! Ridley Scott has revealed that Blade Runner 2 will feature a female protagonist. More details here.