It’s been announced that Harrison Ford will be returning to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the long-planned sequel to director Ridley Scott‘s classic science fiction tale Blade Runner for Alcon Entertainment.
Scott won’t be directing Blade Runner 2, however, with Denis Villeneuve currently in negotiations to take over behind the camera for the sequel. Villeneuve is known for directing Prisoners, Enemy, the upcoming Sicario, and Incendies, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Scott will still remain involved with the movie as a producer.
You can read the full press release below.
The story for the sequel, which is set decades after the original, was thought up by Scott and original co-writer Hampton Fancher. Fancher worked on the screenplay for the sequel with Michael Green, who has worked on or is working on Smallville, Heroes, Kings, Green Lantern, Prometheus 2, The Flash movie, and the Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, on which he will be co-showrunner with Bryan Fuller.
Here’s the full press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 26, 2015 â€” Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainmentâ€™s BLADE RUNNER and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOâ€™s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridely Scott.
The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
State Johnson and Kosove: â€œWe are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. 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 couldnâ€™t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.â€
Ford will next be seen in The Age of Adaline for Lionsgate and the highly anticipated upcoming Star Wars for Walt Disney Pictures. Recent releases include the Warner Bros./Legendary box office hit 42.
Villeneuve most recently directed the crime thriller Sicario, staring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benecio Del Toro for Black Label Media and Lionsgate. He also directed Canadaâ€™s Oscar nominated French language film Incendies, and Alcon Entertainmentâ€™s critically acclaimed Prisoners, staring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOâ€™s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Among its many distinctions, BLADE RUNNER has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.
Released by Warner Bros., BLADE RUNNER was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dickâ€™s novel â€œDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?â€ and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien.â€ The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).
BLADE RUNNER was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being â€œculturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.â€ The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Co-founders and co-CEOâ€™s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Warner Bros. distributes Alconâ€™s motion pictures via the companiesâ€™ long-term output distribution agreement.
Alcon has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 29 films to date, including â€œMy Dog Skip,â€ the Academy Award nominated Best Picture â€œThe Blind Side,â€ which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; â€œThe Book of Eli,â€ starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; â€œInsomnia,â€ starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; â€œThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants;â€ â€œP.S. I Love You,â€ starring Hilary Swank; the critically acclaimed â€œPrisoners,â€ a dramatic thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano, and the family hit â€œDolphin Tale 2,â€ a sequel to its original starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. Alcon is currently in production on â€œPoint Break,â€ a reimagining of the classic action movie filming on four continents starring Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, and Ray Winstone. The Company is also developing a sequel to â€œBlade Runnerâ€ with Ridley Scott.
Alcon Television Group is currently producing a four-hour mini-series documentary for HBO about the life and times of Frank Sinatra, directed Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney; and â€œThe Expanse,â€ a space thriller for Syfy Network.
[Source: via Collider]