‘Contagion’ Writer Up To Script New ‘Blade Runner’ Film

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 2:16 pm,

Now that Sir Ridley Scott has officially decided he will be returning to the Blade Runner universe, the next step will be to recruit a screenwriter (or two) to develop a story and script for the already highly-anticipated sci-fi project.

Oscar-nominee David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys) and Hampton Fancher devised the screenplay for the original Blade Runner – based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” – but neither one of those writers have worked on a produced script for over a decade. So while their return would be welcomed by many a fan, it’s never been considered all that likely.

Twitch is reporting that Scott Z. Burns is currently “the top choice” to script a new and original storyline set in the Blade Runner universe. Furthermore, Scott, Alcon Entertainment heads Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and Warner Bros. officials have begun talks to bring Burns onboard.

Burns has become an increasingly in-demand talent since he worked on the script for 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum. He’s since collaborated with director Steven Soderbergh three times – on The Informant!, the currently-playing Contagion, and the upcoming Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV show adaptation – and was hired on to write the new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea adaptation for David Fincher.

Scott and his production team have yet to reveal the nature of this second installment in the Blade Runner franchise – that is, whether they are devising a direct sequel/prequel to the 1982 film or a spinoff project that loosely (if at all) ties into the events of its predecessor.

One thing seems clear, though: Harrison Ford will not be involved with this project. So, those of you who were hoping the new Blade Runner film would finally provide a cannon answer to the much-debated question of whether or not Rick Deckard is/was actually a replicant… well, don’t hold your breath.

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Seeing how Burns has already proven himself to be a consistently top-notch screenwriter – having delivered a handful of excellent films that nicely mix brains with engaging drama and action – his potentially being hired on sounds like another wise decision, on the part of the creative minds behind this new Blade Runner flick.

Johnson and Kosove in particular seem to be making all the right moves, in the preliminary stages of development on the upcoming Blade Runner film. They are not attempting to rush the project through the production pipeline; the pair, by their own claim, were always planning to recruit either Scott or another highly-respected auteur (specifically, Christopher Nolan) as director; and now, they’re looking to hire on a writer with a solid resume full of entertaining and cerebral titles.

Bear in mind – it may be a while before we have a really good idea of how this project is going to turn out. Case in point: recall that Scott’s return to the Alien franchise eventually evolved from being two 3D prequels into a spinoff titled Prometheus… and we still have little concrete information about that film!


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of the new Blade Runner project as the story develops.

Source: Twitch

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  1. They should adopt the current Bourne franchise approach by making a stand-alone, spin-off film from Blade Runner (1982) which expands the universe of the original film and follows a new (human) hero protagonist. Perhaps it will pave the way for Harrison Ford to return as Rick Deckard down the road. They should make the meaning of life one of the film’s themes again and hopefully Vangelis will return to do the soundtrack.

  2. I think Blade Runner 2 would be better as a sequel where there is a new main lead and lots of new characters but the movie is based in the same universie.

    Maybe this time, the movie has lots of fight scenes and more car chases.

    I think Harrison Ford might make a cameo, who knows.

    • Looks like the route they’re going to take, which is definitely the right way to go. It doesn’t even have to be about blade runners or replicants. However, I would like LA to return.

    • If Harrison made a cameo wouldn’t that ruin the ambiguous ending of the original? .. or can replicants age? I can’t remember.

      • no they dont age. deckard is out of the picture just like sigourney wont be in the new alien. let som fresh blood get in there

  3. i think it should follow a replicant off world somthing new and differnt it would also be emotionally investing just like feeling for roy who was a 4 year old replicant with feelings on his death bed. it should follow a replicant thats brand new.

  4. It would be cool to see what Roy meant by “attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion”.

    • “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die”

      Admittedly it would be cool to see that, but, somethings are best left to the imagination. That one line sums up the awesomeness of Blade Runner, a sequel will ruin it.

      No good will come of this.

  5. DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!! Contagion was soooooo awful. He may be talented. But for blade runner you need someone who is more than that. someone good as writing and sci fi. i would recommend stephen moffat but. . . i am a huge dr who fan so i am very biased.