Director Ridley Scott might be the marquee name for the second Blade Runner film, and frankly, it’s obvious why, but he’s going to need a scriptwriting collaborator of two. Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples were the chief contributors to the first picture, and sterling work they did too. Whoever gets the gig this time around has some pretty big… erm… typing gloves (?) to fill.
According to Twitch, Ridley Scott has his pick singled out and its Scott Burns. Burns most recent features have been collaborations with Steven Soderbergh, The Informant!, Contagion and the soon-to-shoot Man From Uncle.
Another recurring quality in his screenplays? Their excellence.
Negotiations are apparently underway for Burns to take the Blade Runner gig. He’s clearly an excellent choice. He’s a very smart man and he writes character, structure and theme with considerable facility.
But I do have a question. Why not David Webb Peoples? Has he already turned the gig down? Is there bad blood, somehow, from the past? Or would Ridley rather simply work with somebody new?
Whether its the principal decision making factor or not, I’m sure that Scott sees Burns as a chance to take a fresh look at the Blade Runner ideas, an approach he found so fruitful with Jon Spaihts and particularly Damon Lindelof in the case of Prometheus. Who won’t be pleased by this ambition to keep the “series” live as well as alive?