The much talked about "Blade Runner" sequel may finally be getting off the ground. Yesterday it was announced that Harrison Ford has signed on to return to the role of Rick Deckard, one of his most popular characters among sci-fi fans.
Ridley Scott is not directing the film yet is acting as an executive producer. "Prisoners" and "Enemy" director Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct the sequel.
The film is scheduled to start shooting in the summer of 2016 so expect a 2017 release. The movie is set decades after the events of the first film which released back in 1982 based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Phillip K Dick.
The classic 1982 science fiction film is widely regarded as the finest sci-fi film ever. It was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) and starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard who hunted genetically engineered robots known as Replicants in the futuristic city of Los Angeles in 2019.
The sequel's script has beenwritten by Hampton Fancher who co-wrote the original film, he has been joined by screenwriter Michael Green.
"We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey," said producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. "Hampton and Michael, with Sir 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."
"Blade Runner" is one of my all time favorite films, its a science fiction film with a real soul, an undeniable energy and an everlasting concept. I wasn't completely on board for the sequel unless Ford was returning, and now the addition of director Denis Villeneuve who directed the remarkable "Prisoners" back in 2013 and the mind boggling "Enemy" last year really gets me excited for the project.
Harrison Ford seems to be loving returning back to his most popular characters, either that or he's in extra need of some millions. He wants to return as Indiana Jones again, he's back as Han Solo this fall and now Rick Deckard. Ford has come out and said that this is one of the best scripts he's ever read, and this gives me enormous faith in the project.