If 20th Century Fox's Prometheus is even half as intelligent, thrilling, and terrifying as the promotional materials suggest, than the end of acclaimed director Ridley Scott's 30-year hiatus from science fiction may well be considered a revival of, rather than simply a return to, the genre that he helped shape with landmark movies like Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). We're less than one month away from knowing whether Prometheus lives up to the hype, but Warner Bros.-based production company Alcon Entertainment had enough faith in Scott's vision of the future that it snagged him to direct a new movie set in the Blade Runner universe shortly after acquiring the rights to the property last year.
Scott has been developing the new Blade Runner movie since taking the helm, but as recently as February of this year he was still unsure of whether or not it would be "a prequel or sequel" because there was no screenwriter and no script. Apparently, Scott's meetings with original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher were fruitful because Alcon has announced that the new movie will be a sequel set "some years after the first film concluded" and Fancher will be the man to "develop the idea for the original screenplay" with Scott. more about Blade Runner >>