By Matt O'Bryant
Mark your calendars folks, Blade Runner 2 is coming, 2018.
Harrison Ford is returning to star as Rick Deckard, with an original story by Sir Ridley Scott who wrote and directed the original.
This time around Ridley Scott will only produce, with acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (who directed two of my favorite films of all-time Prisoners and Sicario) at the helm with his right hand man, legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner, No Country for Old Men, Sicario) lensing the whole thing.
Details on the project are scarce at this point, but we do know Ryan Gosling has signed on to co-star with Harrison Ford and as of today we have an official release date.
My anticipation for this film is through the roof at this point, and will only grow as more details continue to emerge about the planned sequel. The original Blade Runner is an all-time classic, a master piece of filmmaking. If you have never seen the film, I strongly urge any film lover to check out the original.
Here's the official press release:
Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER, to star Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford (reprising his role as Rick Deckard), and to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sciario, Prisoners), will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on January 12, 2018, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
The story, written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott, takes up several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July, 2016. Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
Ridley Scott will serve as Executive Producer. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will also serve as executive producers along with Bill Carraro (“Terminator Genisys,” “The Golden Compass”).
Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theaters on January 12th, 2018.
SOURCE: ALCON ENTERTAINMENT