Well I guess this really happening folks with Harrison Ford officially attached to yes… Blade Runner 2.
Deadline reports Ford will reprise his role as Replicant bounty hunter Rick Deckard (a Replicant himself) in the sequel set several decades after the original. Since the synthetic humans have a limited life-span, it will be interesting to see how Deckard fits into the story. But no pressure involved in following up one of the most influential sci-films of all time, right?
Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to take the helm, and what a daunting task ahead of him for certain. However, the skill displayed by Villeneuve in setting non-stop tense mood in the 2013 film starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal is undeniable. In addition, his collaboration with cinematographer Roger Deakins produced some rather strinking imagery that was integral to the dark thriller. I think this will give us something to look forward to regarding a film many feel should never have a follow-up.
Word surrounding the Blade Runner sequel has been gaining momentum in the last few months as Ridley Scott made the rounds to promote Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott, who directed the visionary 1982 sci-fi film based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, and will produce the sequel, threw more fuel on the fire with this update to Yahoo! Movies in December:
“The script is very, very good. Very good. I wouldn’t know [what sort of director we’d want]. It’s a hard one to track because it’s a very personal piece of my work… [‘Blade Runner’] may be one of the most personal pieces I did. I got so beaten up for it, I said I’d never try that again. But here we are. It’s sitting there ready to be made.”
In 2011 Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to make Blade Runner films and television shows from producer Bud Yorkin, which included prequel and sequel options. Blade Runner‘s original screenwriter Hampton Fancher is on board for the script along with Michael Green.