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," and now his expertise has officially been enlisted on the film, although the release is careful to say that he's not writing the screenplay: it seems like he'll knock out ideas with Scott, before another writer does the nuts and bolts of the project.
Also re-confirmed: the film will be a sequel, rather than a prequel, or a "Prometheus"-style side story, to the original film, taking place 'some years' after the sneaking-up-ever-closer 2019 setting of the original. That doesn't mean that you should count on an appearance from Deckard (Harrison Ford) -- as we reported earlier, Scott says that the new film will have a female protagonist. Anyway, we're excited to see the film moving forward, and dearly hope that Fancher and the director come up with some ideas that honor the original, while doing something new with the material.