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'Prisoners' Director to Helm 'Blade Runner 2' with Harrison Ford

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February 26, 2015

Denis Villeneuve / Blade Runner

As of last fall, we learned that Blade Runner 2 was still very much in the works, but it looked like Ridley Scott would not be at the helm. And now that's been confirmed as a press release from Alcon Entertainment has announced that Prisoners, Enemy and Incendies director Denis Villeneuve is now in talks to be at the helm of the sequel that is aiming to being shooting in the summer of 2016. The script is still coming from Hampton Fincher, co-writer of the original Blade Runner, with Green Lantern writer Michael Green also having a hand in the screenplay. Details are scarce, but the story unfolds "several decades" after the original.

Alcon's co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said:

“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. 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.”

So if the film takesplace several decades after the first film, and Ford is on board, that means we'll see an aged Rick Deckard this time, not unlike Ford's role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The prospect of this sequel, especially in the hands of someone like Villeneuve is enticing, but we all saw what happened with Prometheus, so I'm still cautiously optimistic. Considering what a sci-fi classic Blade Runner is, there's a lot that can go wrong with a sequel, especially this many years later, but we'll be hoping for the best. Here's hoping Ridley Scott and Hampton Fincher had a good story from the start.

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  • ari smulders
    This is great news, realy it is! Villeneuve is a intelligent director and incendies blew me away! This sequel needs a director who is intelligent enough to not make it not a cgi fest, but the tone of the movie is more important... Wow! After Blomkamp doing aliens is this again a great pick from the studio's...
  • Rob
    Lost my interest when I read "Green Lantern writer"
    • qweqwu
      Exactly, the director is great, but then I read "with Green Lantern writer Michael Green also having a hand in the screenplay" and it all went to the toilet.
      • ProjectionistHP
        You Sir, just destroyd all hope I had on this film. I was so stoked I actually missed that fact.
  • DAVIDPD
    Villenueve is a very solid director. The thing is, I am just not sure he can make this come together. Maybe like another modern science fiction director can bring this thing to life. Duncan Jones after WORD OF WARCRAFT? One can dream...
  • cuckoozey
    Oh dear...
  • Nielsen700
    Too bad they couldn't get Scott back. I wasn't a huge fan of Prisoners, but Enemy was pretty damn good. High hopes!
    • cuckoozey
      Thanks, I wasn't that big a fan of Prisoners but I'll give Enemy a shot!
  • Eggyweggs
    This should be left well alone... and for the record, I liked Prometheus.
    • OfficialJab
      I liked it too. While I would like to see a cool BR sequel, we probably won't get one.
  • The big question now is: Sean Young?
    • TheOct8pus
      Not so young anymore
      • Tester
        Not so sober either
  • TheOct8pus
    Why? We don't need a Blade Runner sequel. Can't they just write a new movie inspired by Blade Runner? Sequels often have the side effect of tarnishing the original.
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    Two words. Van. gelis.

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