Blade Runner 2 confirmed: Harrison Ford returns
Pleaseeee dont mess this up!
Ridley Scott won’t be directing Harrison Ford – but we know who will be. Harrison Ford is also 100% confirmed to return.
Much of the news this week has been dominated by the new Alien film that Neill Blomkamp is set to direct. But, in one of those coincidental turns, the news week is ending with a sequel to another Ridley Scott sci-fi classic. Blade Runner 2 is definitely happening.
It’s been known for some time that a sequel to Blade Runner was in development, but it’s now been 100% confirmed. Alcon has confirmed that the film is due to start shooting in the summer of 2016, based around a screenplay from Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, with Fancher and Ridley Scott coming up with the idea for the movie.
The new film will be set several decades after the first, and it’s also now been officially confirmed that Harrison Ford will be turning to play the role of Rick Deckard.
And perhaps the biggest new piece of information? Blade Runner 2 now has a director.
As had been hinted, Ridley Scott won’t be handling this one himself – although he will be involved – and instead the director’s chair is going to Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve helmed the excellent Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, and is currently in post-production on Sicario, of which we hear very, very promising things.
If the film is going to shoot in summer 2016, we’d imagine the very earliest we could see Blade Runner 2 is Christmas 2017. [Article via Den of Geek]
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford,Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, is a modified film adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019, in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as by other “mega-corporations” around the world. The use of replicants on Earth is banned and they are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and “retired” by special police operatives known as “Blade Runners”. The plot focuses on a desperate group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the burnt-out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.
Blade Runner initially polarized critics: some were displeased with the pacing, while others enjoyed its thematic complexity. The film performed poorly in North American theaters but has since become a cult film. It has been hailed for its production design, depicting a “retrofitted” future, and remains a leading example of the neo-noir genre. It brought the work of Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood and several later films were based on his work. Ridley Scott regards Blade Runner as “probably” his most complete and personal film. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by theLibrary of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Blade Runner is now regarded as one of the best science fiction films ever made.
Seven versions of the film have been shown for various markets as a result of controversial changes made by film executives. A rushed Director’s Cut was released in 1992 after a strong response to workprint screenings. This, in conjunction with its popularity as a video rental, made it one of the first films released on DVD, resulting in a basic disc with mediocre video and audio quality. In 2007, Warner Bros. released The Final Cut, a 25th anniversary digitally remastered version which is the only one on which Scott had complete artistic freedom and was shown in select theaters and subsequently released on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc.[