by Justin Cook
Enemy and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct Blade Runner 2 for Alcon Entertainment. On top of that, Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role from the first Blade Runner film as Rick Deckard.
Alcon co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson announced the news today. In a joint statement, Kosove and 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.”
Hampton Fancher and Michael Green will write the film, while Ridley Scott, director of the first Blade Runner, is set to executive produce.
Blade Runner was released back in 1982, and has since become a sci-fi classic. Known to be up there as one of Scott’s best films, talks of a sequel have been going on for years. At one point, Scott was going to direct the project himself, and Ford was unlikely to return.
The film is expected to go into production in the summer of 2016. Little is known about the film’s plot, but it will reportedly take place “several decades” after the original film.
Villeneuve is an interesting choice for the director of the film, and certainly one that seems to have come from out of nowhere. In 2011, his film Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Most recently he directed Enemy and Prisoners, two very memorable, well received films which both starred Jake Gyllenhaal.
Currently he is working on a project entitled Sicario. The film will star Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal and Josh Brolin, and will hit theaters this year on September 18.
Source: Alcon Entertainment (via Slashfilm)