'Prisoners' Director to Helm 'Blade Runner 2' with Harrison Ford
by Ethan Anderton
February 26, 2015
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.