We’ve been wondering for awhile exactly how things would shake out with the proposed sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, and now we have a much clearer idea of how it will eventually be coming to us: with the return of Rick Deckard, and a new director tasked with bringing that world back to life after over thirty years.
According to Variety, Harrison Ford is now confirmed to reprise his role from the first film in the sequel, with original screenwriter Hampton Fancher returning to co-write the screenplay alongside writer Michael Green, who has written for film, television, and comics in the past. While we previously reported that Ridley Scott himself was contemplating a return to the director’s chair for the sequel, it looks now as though director Denis Villeneuve (2013’s Prisoners) will be tapped to helm the new film.
Ridley Scott will stay on in a producer capacity, along with fellow producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson of Alcon. Kosove and Johnson released a joint statement on the developments, saying,
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 and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have 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.
While it was previously speculated that Scott would direct, recent developments at 20th Century Fox on the Alien franchise may prevent this, as things may have started moving again on his sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. Either way, now that there’s more concrete news about the sequel out in the world, it should prove very interesting to see which direction the creators ultimately take it in. It’s also just thrilling to know that Harrison Ford will be returning as the Blade Runner himself (maybe Disney should get rolling on that Indiana Jones film?).
There’s no word yet on any release window for the Blade Runner sequel, so be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation for that news when it develops!
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