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Blade Runner was made almost 30 years ago and stands as one of the defining works in cinema science fiction.  Now director auteur Ridley Scott has announced that he will direct a sequel to the groundbreaking sci-fi film, with original screenwriter Hampton Fancher in talks to develop the screenplay.

The sequel to the 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? will take place some years after the conclusion of the events of the first film, and will probably have a female lead as the central character.  Scott has already said that actor Harrison Ford likely won’t be returning to reprise his role as “blade runner” Rick Deckard, having an amazing female lead holds the potential for true awesomeness.

“I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week,” Scott told the Daily Beast in an interview posted Thursday. “We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”

Scott, whose highly anticipated Alien spinoff Prometheus opens June 2012, doesn’t go into detail on what kind of female protagonist his new Blade Runner film will feature — or whether she’ll be a replicant, but  the director has earned a reputation for employing kick-ass female leads.  Sigourney Weaver’s Lt. Ripley from Alien is generally considered the action heroine by which all others are measured, and Prometheus boasts two female leads: Charlize Theron (who won an Oscar for Monster) and Noomi Rapace (the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

It’ll be a while before the new Blade Runner movie gets under way, as Scott is currently in preproduction for his next film, The Counselor, but Alcon Entertainment and Bud Yorkin recently announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.

The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

Released by Warner Bros. in June of 1982, Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s original work and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others.

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