'Blade Runner' Sequel Hires Original Writer, Has Female Lead

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With "Prometheus" hitting theaters in three weeks, it's time for Ridley Scott to focus on returning to another one of his most famous properties: "Blade Runner." Warner Bros released a press release today saying that the new movie will officially be a sequel to the original, and that "Blade Runner" scribe Hampton Fancher will be back to help Scott develop the story.

Fancher and Scott originally conceived "Blade Runner" as the first of a series of films that would explore the themes presented in Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." Though it took Scott three decades to do so, he's finally returning to that idea now.

Apparently the sequel will take place several years after the first film ended. But which version of the ending will Scott use going forward? We guess that's the downside of releasing seven thousand director's cuts of a film.

Scott confirmed to The Daily Beast that he had his first meetings for the "Blade Runner" sequel last week, so it sounds like that might be one of his next few projects. Following in the footsteps of "Alien," "Thelma & Louise" and now "Prometheus," Scott said that he plans to put a female lead front and center.

"Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week," he said when asked about the status of the project. "We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist."

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