New ‘Blade Runner’ film is straight sequel

Ridley Scott reveals the story will have a female protagonist

The new Blade Runner movie will be a straight sequel, producers have confirmed.

Ridley Scott is getting busy revisiting his former science-fiction glories, having made a prequel of sorts to Alien with Prometheus. And for his next project he is revisiting the world of his other genre classic from 1982.

The new film will take place “some years after the first film concluded,” and will apparently see Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original Blade Runner with David Webb return to the franchise as well.

.Alcon Entertainment producers Andrew Kosovoe and Broderick Johnson said in a statement: “The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his Blade Runner collaborator 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 Scott into other directions and the project never advanced. It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project – one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration [and] a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”

Meanwhile, Scott himself has told Ace Showbiz: “Funny enough, 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.”

Watch the trailer for Scott’s Prometheus below.