Denis Villeneuve to Direct BLADE RUNNER Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed

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UPDATE: BFI and Warner Bros. will be re-releasing the sci-fi classic in the UK next month and today brings a new Ridley Scott-approved trailer.

Denis Villeneuve, the director of Prisoners, is stepping behind the camera to direct Harrison Ford in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner should all the pieces fall into place.

Ridley Scott is aboard to executive produce the sci-fi thriller alongside Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

The news follows hot on the heels of recent exciting update for another Scott sci-fi classic, Alien that Neill Blomkamp is set to direct.

Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros, has been teasing the film for well over a year, but it’s now been 100% confirmed. The follow-up to the 1982 sci-fi classic is due to start shooting in the summer of 2016, based around a screenplay from Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green, with Fancher and Scott coming up with the idea for the movie.

The story takes place several decades after the first film, which took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles and centered on Rick Deckard (Ford), a man working as a blade runner who was tasked with chasing down machines called replicants.

Not sure this is a good idea. Blade Runner really doesn’t need a sequel, but I love Villeneuve’s work though. He also helmed recent Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle Enemy and the foreign-language Oscar nominee Incendies. His next film Sicario stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro, and opens September 18.

Ford will next be seen in The Age of Adaline before he reprises another iconic sci-fi role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

UPDATE: Watch Blade Runner: The Final Cut trailer which has the full “unicorn dream sequence” that ties directly into the argument over whether or not Ford’s character is a replicant.

Source: Variety