CONFIRMED: Harrison Ford WILL Star In Denis Villeneuves’s Blade Runner Sequel
By Sarah Jayne Alexander
RICK DECKARD LIVES! Yes, in the wee hours of this morning (UK Time) news broke that after many years of to’ing and fro’ing is he? isn’t he? will he? won’t he?! and fans left in limbo over whether Harrison Ford would be back to reprise the iconic role, we can confirm that he is and will be.
Ridley Scott is on-board in a producer-only capacity this time around as his schedule with productions like Prometheus 2 won’t allow for anything other, alongside Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson and we hear Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is reaching the final stages of negotiations to sign on and direct. The screenplay will come from one half of the original 1982 writing duo- Hampton Fancher who has teamed up with Michael Green for the second installment.
Harrison Ford recently said-before the announcement of his joining-that the sequel’s early draft script was ” The Best Thing He Has EVER Read” and in a joint statement issued by Alcon’s Kosove and Johnson following Thursday’s late announcement,the pair shared their joy at Ford signing on “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’. Both 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.”
Blade Runner is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’ award-winning, best selling novel, published in 1968. Details are thin on the ground at present but sources in the know have said that the sequel will be set around several decades on after the original and Harrison Ford will be back as Deckard. Considering Blade Runner was already set in a future only a few years away from our own in Los Angeles 2019, it will be interesting to see what they do with the time leap, the technology advancements we now have for VFX scope and most importantly-whether flying cars will finally be an actual thing!
Production isn’t set to start until late in summer 2016 which means the new movie won’t arrive in cinemas until around late 2017/early 2018 so there is still a lot of time for changes and details to surface. Good to start Friday off with some excitement though right?
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