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Original “Blade Runner” screenwriter in talks to pen sequel

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Not only are plans moving forward for a sequel to the 1982 science-fiction classic “Blade Runner,” but the project could nab the original film’s screenwriter, Hampton Fancher.

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Fancher is in talks to pen the screenplay for a follow-up to the film many consider one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made, based on Philip K. Dick’s celebrated story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Ridley Scott, who directed the original film, will also direct the sequel.

Along with announcing Fancher’s potential involvement, the studio and producers confirmed that the film will indeed be an official sequel to “Blade Runner,” occurring an unspecified number of years after the original.

For those who haven’t seen the original (and shame on you for missing it), “Blade Runner” chronicled the efforts of burnt-out special agent Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to track down and “retire” a group of synthetic humanoid androids called “replicants.” The story was set in a dystopian, cyberpunk-fueled Los Angeles of 2019, and was initially conceived as the first of several films featuring the characters, but the franchise never materialized.

In 1993, “Blade Runner” became a bona fide cinematic treasure when it was recognized by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and preserved in the United States National Film Registry.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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