The new Hollywood documentary “Escapes” tells the story of Hampton Fancher in Fancher’s own words. A strangely-careered dancer, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer, Fancher is particularly notable for having written and produced Ridley Scott‘s “Blade Runner,” as well as being the writer of Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming sequel, “Blade Runner 2049.”
A film about a quirky Hollywood type, “Escapes” is appropriately produced by quirky Hollywood type Wes Anderson. It is directed by Michael Almereyda, who helmed the undeservedly overlooked 2015 narrative film and Peter Sarsgaard vehicle “Experimenter.” Here’s the official synopsis for “Escapes”:
Directed by Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and executive produced by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Escapes blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner. (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, Blade Runner 2049.) A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life — romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship — matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage wherein Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero. Escapes shows how one man’s personal journey can unexpectedly shape a medium’s future.
“Escapes” opens New York’s IFC Center on July 26th before going wider throughout August, and you can also see another Almereyda film next month: the Jon Hamm starring sci-fi indie “Marjorie Prime” which lands on August 18th.