Helmed by Alien, Prometheus and The Martian director Ridley Scott, the original Blade Runner was not a hit when it first came out. This was in spite of the presence of Harrison Ford, then riding high on the success of the Star Wars movies and Raiders of the Lost Ark, in the lead role of detective Rick Deckard. Over time however, the movie inspired fans around the world and revolutionized the science fiction genre as a whole. Various TV shows, video games, anime series, and even songs have paid tribute to the film, demonstrating the extensive influence it wields.
Indeed, critical assessment must have changed for Warner Bros. to green-light a sequel some 35 years later. Scott may not be returning as director, but he will still oversee the project as an executive producer. Harrison Ford is also confirmed to reprise his role, with Ryan Gosling co-starring alongside him as reported below:
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. Pictures 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 the Blade Runner sequel 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.
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