Fancher had Blade Run­ner se­quel planned

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

'Blade Run­ner' co-writer Hamp­ton Fancher had a se­quel script planned a year af­ter the first movie. The orig­i­nal cult film was re­leased in 1982 and now 35 years later Har­ri­son Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in 'Blade Run­ner 2049' but Fancher - who wrote the orig­i­nal and se­quel scripts with Sir Ri­d­ley Scott ad­mits to hav­ing an idea a year af­ter the orig­i­nal was re­leased. Speak­ing at San Diego Comic Con, Fancher said: "When we fin­ished the first one, within a year we were talk­ing about a sec­ond one. Ri­d­ley called, I was in New York and I went out to Los Angeles, and we bat­ted sto­ries around. Noth­ing came of it be­cause of le­gal prob­lems. I guess, be­cause I was read­ing in the news­pa­pers, I thought Deckard had come to bad cir­cum­stances - he was nowhere - and he got as­signed a 'Blade Run­ner' job in Moscow, and it was all Rus­sian, and cold , and snow ... John le Carre, you know? That's what I was think­ing of. I re­mem­ber telling Ri­d­ley that 'Har­ri­son in Moscow!' Just that's a good thing, right? And noth­ing came of it." The highly-an­tic­i­pated se­quel will see Ford re­turn to the movie and de­spite fa­mously clash­ing with fran­chise cre­ator Sir Ri­d­ley Scott, he in­sists he still has a lot of re­spect for the vet­eran film­maker, but ad­mit­ted he had a "very dif­fer­ent" ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with De­nis. Jared Leto will star in the role of Ne­an­der Wal­lace, but di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve ad­mit­ted his first choice was the late David Bowie, but when the iconic singer passed away from cancer in Jan­uary 2016, he was forced to look for some­one else with sim­i­lar rock star qual­i­ties. The film also stars 'La La Land' hunk Ryan Gosling as Of­fi­cer K and Vil­leneuve re­cently ad­mit­ted the part was writ­ten for the ac­tor from the start. De­nis said: "The part was writ­ten for Ryan right from the start. He was per­fect."

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