It looks like you can continue being confused about what decade it is – 1982’s Blade Runner is officially getting a sequel and Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard.
Alcon Entertainment, who acquired the rights to the franchise in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin, made the official announcement.
Denis Villeneuve is currently in talks to direct. He’s an Academy Award nominated director for films like Prisoners and Incendies, both of which are excellent. He can bring great storytelling and weight to the franchise.
Set to begin principal photography in the summer of 2016, the sequel is said to take place decades after the original. There have been multiple versions of Blade Runner, all of which leave room for a sequel, so which will this sequel follow?
Sequels are a dangerous word in Hollywood. Some work (The Godfather Part II, 22 Jump Street) and some don’t (Iron Man 2, Taken 2). This sequel has the added bonus of securing the original star and potentially having a great director, but that’s not a guarantee that the film will work.
Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are obviously excited: “We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on ‘Prisoners’. Hampton [Fancher] and Michael [Green], with Ridley Scott, crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”
Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original Blade Runner) and Michael Green penned this original screenplay, based on an idea of Scott’s.
What do you think of this news? Excited to see Ford take on the role of Deckard again? Let us know in the comments!