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Hampton Fancher: "You know, I wrote Blade Runner for Robert Mitchum. The first draft was for him. And Robert Mulligan was going to direct it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher, co-screenwriter of Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, told me that he had Robert Mitchum in mind, not Harrison Ford, while writing his first draft of the Blade Runner screenplay when Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird) was going to direct the film.

In our conversation at Lincoln Center, Hampton also saw Sam Shepard and Mitchum similarities, that Harry Dean Stanton had a Mitchum-like attitude, and expressed what Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and a Wallace Stevens poem can do to him.

Hampton Fancher, subject of Michael Almereyda's recent documentary Escapes and director of The Minus Man (starring Owen Wilson as a serial killer) starts out with coming to grips with evil and beauty.
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Owen Wilson saying “wow” except it’s backwards now

Owen Wilson is a versatile actor—watch The Minus Man!—but that’s not to say he doesn’t have a few actorly wells to which he returns. We’ve seen time and again the many, many times he’s uttered his catchphrase—“wow”—and we’ve even seen it dubbed over other sounds, such as that of a lightsaber. Now, perhaps inspired by…

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‘Blade Runner’ Writer Hampton Fancher Documentary Gets Summer Release

‘Blade Runner’ Writer Hampton Fancher Documentary Gets Summer Release
Grasshopper Film has bought all U.S. distribution rights to Michael Almereyda’s Hampton Fancher documentary “Escapes,” which is executive produced by Wes Anderson.

“Escapes” will open in theaters this summer followed by a VOD and home video release in the fall. Fancher is best known as producer and screenwriter of the iconic sci-fi movie “Blade Runner,” as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel “Blade Runner 2049.” The sequel, starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, opens Oct. 6.

Fancher wrote the “Blade Runner” script with David Peoples for the 1982 original, adapted from the Philip Dick story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Ridley Scott. He teamed with Michael Green for “Blade Runner 2049,” directed by Denis Villeneuve.

The documentary includes extensive archival footage as Fancher describes romantic misadventures, two brief marriages, and wayward acts of jealousy, chivalry, and friendship.

“It’s difficult to describe the thrill I experienced while watching ‘Escapes,
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Film Review: ‘Escapes’

Film Review: ‘Escapes’
Anyone who’s spent an idle hour clicking around the Internet Movie Database knows that the average substantial yet less-than-a-list filmography is serpentine, and full of unpredictable digressions. An idiosyncratic collage-style look at one such career, Michael Almereyda’s “Escapes” examines the films of Hampton Fancher, whose moderately successful acting career over nearly 20 years would ultimately be eclipsed by his first foray into screenwriting: He wrote the original drafts adapting Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” into what became “Blade Runner,” sharing credit in the end with David Webb Peoples. (Fancher was also an executive producer on the film, and his involvement in its forthcoming long-awaited sequel should help expand the audience for”Escapes.”)

The tale of how Fancher came to play a key role developing one of the great sci-fi movie classics emerges almost as an afterthought late in his voiceover narration, which has the
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New Writer for Blade Runner Sequel

When a Blade Runner sequel was announced, fans were happy to hear that Ridley Scott was returning to direct. Later, it was revealed that Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher would be writing the new script, but it has been announced that a new writer is being brought in to work on a rewrite.

“Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 2013—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Green recently completed rewrites
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Alcon Confirms New Writer For ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Having already split opinion with a prequel to his original horror hit Alien, Ridley Scott may have his work cut out when it comes to his sequel to equally beloved visually stunning classic, Blade Runner. We’ve known for quite some time that Scott would return for more futuristic replicant-hunting exploits, as well as Hampton Fancher named as the screenwriter. Now this official short press release below, coming via Alcon Entertainment, confirms a new talent has been hired for rewrites.

Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin,
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Michael Green in Negotiations to Rewrite Blade Runner Sequel Script for Director Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel script looks to be getting a rewrite by Michael Green (Green Lantern). The scribe was recently reported as being in negotiations to rewrite Hampton Fancher's script, which is set a number of years after the conclusion of the original 1982 film (which Fancher also wrote). Per the press release, Green also recently completed rewrites on Robopocalypse and Warners Bros.' Gods and Kings. In addition to his work on the script for DC's Green Lantern, Green is reportedly attached to a feature adaptation of the speedy superhero, The Flash. Alcon Entertainment will also partner to produce Blade Runner theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions. Hit the jump for the full press release. Find the full press release below: Alcon Entertainment In Negotiations With Michael Green To Pen ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Rewrite For Director Ridley Scott Los Angeles, CA,
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Alcon, Ridley Scott Announce They’ve Hired Michael Green To Script ‘Blade Runner 2′

Alcon, Ridley Scott Announce They’ve Hired Michael Green To Script ‘Blade Runner 2′
Related: Ridley Scott To Direct New ‘Blade Runner’ Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 2013, 3:30 pm, Est—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded. Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Green recently completed rewrites on “Robopocalypse” and Warners Bros “Gods and Kings.” Alcon and Yorkin previously 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
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Michael Green in Negotiations to Rewrite Blade Runner Sequel

Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel penned by Hampton Fancher ( Blade Runner , The Minus Man , The Mighty Quinn ) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher's original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded. Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO.s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Green recently completed rewrites on Robopocalypse and Warners Bros.' Gods and Kings . Alcon and Yorkin previously announced that they are partnering to produce Blade Runner theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition...
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The Evolution of the Serial Killer

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America has always been crazy about serial killers.

They’re our homegrown werewolves. They click with the fast-food car culture that roars in the country’s busy, busy heart. They fit neatly with our cult-of-celebrity-style national mythology.

These beasts that seem like men, mowing through victims like McDonald’s cheeseburgers, speeding for the televised takedown by John Q. Law – how can the USA not be wild for them?

That love-hate crush has been around since the days of Dr. Henry Holmes’ murder hotel was cutting down the attendance at the Chicago Worlds’ Fair. But the nature of it has changed along with our politics and hemlines.

The mythical figure of the serial killer in our culture has gone through the wringer of our changing standard of living. From the time of the penny dreadfuls and pulps, all the way to mainstream torture porn, serial killers in crime fiction transformed.

They’ve gone from Maniacs,
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Mae Catt – She Likes To Watch Monsters And Men

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On the occasion of the Emmys’ passing, let’s take a step outside the spotlight. I want to lead you to the fringes for a moment.

You need to meet an artist who has yet to hold a gold statue aloft on a high-profile red carpet, but who is brilliant enough to be seen in the shadows all the same.

You need to meet Mae Catt.

I met Mae’s work at the annual film festival honoring the work of women in independent horror film, the Viscera Film Festival. The event was geared to give a moment of exposure to a wide population of filmmakers. And, as all horror film can be, the entries were hit and miss.

Nobody in the audience escaped being hit by Mae Catt’s short film, 12/15/1996.

The starkness of the title – just a date, devoid of any other commentary – won me over. The film that
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Blade Runner screenwriter in talks to pen sequel for Ridley Scott

Thirty years after the release of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner, the scribe behind the story is stepping back into its dystopian world.

Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with Scott to develop an original screenplay for a follow-up film, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-chief executive officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

The project - in the wake of Scott's return to the Alien universe with upcoming Prometheus - will be produced by Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin.

The filmmakers have revealed for the first time that the new movie will be a sequel taking place some years after the first film concluded.

Scott and Fancher had conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, from which Blade Runner was adapted.
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Original Blade Runner Screenwriter to Reteam with Ridley Scott for Sequel

With the release of Ridley Scott's Prometheus now less than a month away, we've got an update on an upcoming project that will allow him to revisit another one of his seminal early works. Last summer we were all shocked when it was announced that Scott had signed on to direct a new Blade Runner movie, although at the time it was unclear if it would end up being a sequel, prequel or just a spin-off. This week it has been confirmed that the movie is indeed a sequel, and one of the original film's screenwriters will be returning to help him continue the story. Unfortunately, it looks like the earlier rumours of Harrison Ford starring in the film are probably not accurate. They've got a new protagonist in mind and her name is not Rick Deckard. According to a press release from Warner Brothers, screenwriter Hampton Fancher is
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Blade Runner sequel will reunite Ridley Scott with original screenplay writer

Director set to join forces again with writer Hampton Fancher as new film revealed to be sequel to 1982 classic with female lead

Ridley Scott's return to Blade Runner will be a sequel featuring a female protagonist, the veteran British director has confirmed. Alcon Entertainment, which owns the follow-up rights to the 1982 science fiction classic, announced in August that it had pulled off a coup by engaging the veteran British director to revisit one of his greatest triumphs, but it was unclear at the time what form the new film would take.

That uncertainty has now been dispelled, however, after Scott enlarged on an Alcon statement revealing that "the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded". "I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week," the director told aceshowbiz.com. "We have a very good take on it. And we'll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.
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Blade Runner 2 Details!

Hands up who’s cacking themselves with excitement over Alien prequel Prometheus. Thought so. Despite initial concerns over Ridley Scott returning to a franchise all but destroyed by piss-poor sequels and crossovers, the film looks – let’s be honest here – fucking awesome.

The same concerns were voiced when news came a few months back that Scott was also planning to return to another of his most beloved films, Blade Runner. But now, with Prometheus-fever hitting critical mass, the thought of another Blade Runner sounds tickety-boo and a half. Further to this, it has just been announced that original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher may return. Though plot details are sparse for now, we can confirm the film will take place some years after the original, and that it may stem from Scott and Fancher’s original plan, to produce several movies based on ideas from Phillip K. Dick’s original book,
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Hampton Fancher Will Likely Return to Pen ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel with Ridley Scott

A sequel to Ridley Scott‘s ground-breaking take on Philip K. Dick‘s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (that would be Blade Runner) has been bandied about for years and years, to the point that most people assumed it would never get made. But with Scott having one hell of a sci-fi resurgence as of late, thanks to his upcoming Prometheus, Blade Runner 2 is no longer just a dream. And it’s getting more firepower behind it than we could have ever hoped for. According to a new press release from Warner Bros. (via ComingSoon), Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with Scott to “develop the idea for the original screenplay” for the sequel. Fancher, of course, first conceived of what would become Blade Runner with Scott years ago, but back then, they envisioned it as the first in a series of films, not just a single film. How
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“Blade Runner” Screenwriter Hampton Fancher in Talks to Pen Sequel Idea for Director Ridley Scott

HollywoodNews.com: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.

The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took
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Blade Runner Sequel Gets Original Screenwriter Hampton Fancher

Blade Runner Sequel Gets Original Screenwriter Hampton Fancher
Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, the Untitled Blade Runner Project , it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove.

The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.

The three-time Oscar-nominated Ridley Scott and his Blade Runner collaborator Hampton Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", from which Blade Runner was adapted.
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'Blade Runner' Follow-Up Officially A Sequel, Original Writer Hampton Fancher Developing Story With Ridley Scott

We pretty much covered this in the last couple of days, but it's possible we buried the lead a little, plus a press release is out, so it's now official: with "Prometheus" nearly upon us, Ridley Scott has started to seriously work towards his other sci-fi follow up, the continuation of "Blade Runner" that was originally announced last summer. A couple of details have been confirmed via a press release from Alcon Entertainment, among them that Scott is going right back to the well when it comes to nailing down the story for his new replicant-themed picture.

Namely, Hampton Fancher, who wrote the original draft of "Blade Runner," has been hired to develop the story for the project. This has been in the works for a while; yesterday we reported that Scott had met with the screenwriter (who was also behind underrated Owen Wilson film "The Minus Man"), and said he still "talked the talk,
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Owen Wilson To Headline Intense Actioner ‘The Coup’

More familiar for his comic roles in the likes of Zoolander and Hall Pass, many may have forgotten the Owen Wilson did star in John Moore’s tepid actioner Behind Enemy Lines (2001). Let’s also not forget, Wilson gave arguably his finest performance as the lead in cult serial-killer drama The Minus Man (1999). Well, the actor will return to the action genre for the hopefully thrilling The Coup, which is being helmed by Devil’s John Erick Dowdle.

Wilson will play a father who, along with his wife and children, moves to Southeast Asia and gets caught between a deadly coup when rebels go on the warpath. The film has been written by Dowdle and brother Drew, and will see Wilson doing all and anything to protect his family. The brothers have previously directed Rec remake, Quarantine and the still-to-be-released controversial shocker The Poughkeepsie Tapes. Their biggest project so far
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