The Blade Runner script went through years of creation and recreation.
Hampton Fancher wrote the first draft in 1978. It was 1980 by the
time Ridley Scott was signed up to the picture and he wanted a different
flavour to the film. Some hard work later and Fancher got to the
point where he said no more changes. Scott promptly hired David
Peoples to make further changes, (though Peoples thought the script
was already great). Still, changes were made as the filming deadline
During filming, more changes were made, because of budget constraints,
because of normal filming changes (when you get on set and actually
do it, there often have to be adjustments). Then there are directorial
changes and suggestions from actors, etc. etc. A few script changes
had to be made by a writer and Peoples was no longer available,
so Fancher came back to do those.
In the Original Version, a voice-over was pushed on the film and
that was written by Roland Kibbee. I will not comment further on
The two commonly available scripts are as at 24th July 1980 (by
Fancher) and as at 23rd February 1981 (the Fancher and Peoples version).
It is fascinating to read through and see the considerable changes
the script went through in these 8 months.
Both of these are available now for download.
to your own computer, right click on the link and choose "Save
Link As..." or "Save Target As..." choosing the location
you wish to save the file.
Runner Script - 1980
Runner Script - 1981
Of course that is not the end of the story. The final shooting
script was put together from several of the preceding versions of
the sceenplay and then was changed during filming itself. There
have been several attempts at a reverse-engineered script, but even
the best of them are lacking. So I have created my own, which I
guarantee is the most accurate available. And what is more, it is
the Multi-Script - it contains dialogue and main actions from the
three main versions of the film, WP, OV and DC. It is available
in either Word or Text format:
by Netrunner - Word
by Netrunner - Text
Added February 2004 - the Blade Runner story, completely transcribed
in e-book form and fully illustrated with quality stills from the
DVD. This is the wonderful work of Michael D. Radencich who has
done "a man's job" on it!
This is a fan creation for other
BR fans and is not intended for sale. It is in pdf format and is
offered for free download from BRmovie.com only. The usual overriding
copyright considerations are in effect, i.e. that all ownership
rights to Blade Runner are Copyright © 1982, 1991 by the Blade
Runner Partnership and/or The Ladd Company and Warner Bros. where
applicable and no infringement is intended. All original design
and creation work on this project is Copyright © 2004 Michael
D. Radencich and the files may not be published elsewhere in any
medium or format without his permission.
Blade Runner Transcription:
||Introduction; Holden and Leon
||Deckard's dinner interrupted; Bryant has a job for him
||Deckard meets Rachael and Dr Tyrell
||Leon's room; Roy and Leon visit Chew; Rachael drops by
||Pris and J. F. Sebastian
||Detective work; Deckard finds Zhora; Leon finds Deckard
||Deckard and Rachael share some moments
||Pris-Sebastian-Roy; Roy and Sebastian visit Dr Tyrell
||Fun and games with Pris and Roy; Deckard and Rachael