More details of Ridley Scott’s return to ‘Blade Runner’

Director Ridley Scott must going through a period of nostalgia ahead of the release of ‘Prometheus’ that sees the filmmaker revisit the world of his 1979 film ‘Alien’.

For a long time there have been rumours that buoyed by working on ‘Prometheus’, Scott has been playing with the idea of returning to the ‘Blade Runner’ universe, and last year Alcon Entertainment confirmed that Scott would produce and direct a follow up to the sci-fi classic (Collider story here).

Collider via an official statement have confirmed the shape the new film will take as well as who might be working on the project as screenwriter.

Hit the jump for more details.

The new ‘Blade Runner’ will be a direct sequel and according to the statement it will feature a “new story [that] will take place some years after the first film concluded”.

The original screenwriter of ‘Blade Runner’ Hampton Fancher is also in talks to reunite with Scott to work on the screenplay for the sequel.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said, “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”

We love that Scott is making more sci-fi as the technology in the real world starts to catch up with the tech in his films.

The flying cars and deep space exploration may be a while away but Scott’s sci-fi has always been dripping with commentary on the human condition as scientists try to replicate our DNA in the form of clones or robots and, the bleak outlook of a world overtaken by giant corporations and over industrialisation.

It will be interesting to see what Scott has to say in the current world climate using the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel.