If you need some fantastic film news to push you into Friday and onto the weekend, we have it for you; Harrison Ford is returning for a Blade Runner sequel. The former director of “Prisoners,” Denis Villeneuve, is in final negotiations to direct Harrison Ford in the follow-up film to the 1982 blockbuster under Alcon Entertainment.
The announcement of the film was made earlier today, with a few details about the upcoming script finally being confirmed. Fans may know Villeneuve from his Oscar-nominated work while directing “Incendies.” His most film featured Jake Gyllenhaal, and was called “Enemy.” The next film that Villeneuve has set-up is “Sicario.” That film is set to star Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro, and will open in theaters this September.
Writing the script for the next Blade Runner installment will be Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, as for the time-period for the story, the second “Blade Runner” film take place several decades after the events of the first film. Ford called the script the “best thing he’s ever read.” Ford will be reprising his role as Rick Deckard in the new film.
The original film had Ford racing through a dystopian Los Angeles in the far-off sci-fi future of 2019. Ridley Scott is set to produce the second film, with Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
“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,” Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement released to the press. “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.”
More details on the plot, casting and eventually a release date, will be released by the studio over the next few months as the film moves closer to production.