20. Martin Scorsese Considered Adapting Philip K. Dick's Novel Many Years Prior
Many years before pre-production on Blade Runner began, the film nearly had an entirely different legacy. Just a year after Philip K. Dick's original novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? was published, Dick met with screenwriter Jay Cocks and none other than Martin Scorsese to discuss an adaptation. The novel was never optioned, however, and the project fell through.
The novel was then optioned by producer Herb Jaffe in the early 1970s, with a screenplay written by his son Robert. Dick, unimpressed with Jaffe's screenplay, gave him two options: either that he could beat him up at the airport or beat him up back at his apartment. It wasn't until 1977 that Hampton Fancher's screenplay draft was optioned by Michael Deeley and the film's journey truly began.