With it’s director and star confirmed, everything seems set for long-awaited sequel.
As with any highly successful film, talk of sequels or prequels never seem to cease, and the same can be said of Blade Runner. Throughout the past 7-8 years in particular, director Ridley Scott has been tossing ideas around (and up, and down, and everywhere in-between) for both prequels and sequels to the 1982 original, but everything seemed to fall through– until now.
Reports are that the sequel now has the all-clear, as it has recently acquired both a director and star: Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is set to direct, while Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Meanwhile, Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green will be writing the screenplay, which is based on an idea by both Scott and Fancher.
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Bud Yorkin will co-produce the film, along with Alcon Entertainment co-founders, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, as well as Scott (who will no longer assume any kind of directorial role). Principal photography is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016.
The sequel will take place several decades after the conclusion of the first film, still following Harrison’s Deckard, who was a ‘Blade Runner’, tasked with tracking down and destroying bioengineered beings known as replicants. Things got a bit more complicated when Deckard fell in love with a replicant (who believes herself to be human) named Rachael, played by Sean Young.
It’s unknown whether or not Young will reprise her role for the sequel, as so little of the plot has been revealed at this time.
Blade Runner hit theaters 35 years ago, with Ridley Scott taking the helm with direction. At first, the film opened to mixed reviews from critics and poor box office success, but the dystopian sci-fi flick has since become a cult success, even being entered into the United States National Film Registry and being heralded as one of the best science fiction films ever made.
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