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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Officially Announced; Will Begin Filming This July!

An announcement was made today that Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner here in the States, with Sony handling all of international.

Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is confirmed to be directing the film starring Ryan Gosling (The Big Short, Drive) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones, Star Wars) who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard.

Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

Even bigger news as the release firms plans to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce.

Principal photography on Villenueve’s new Blade Runner film is scheduled to begin in July 2016.

Released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott, following his landmark film, Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction) and is now regarded by media and cineastes as one of the greatest movies of all time and the defining vision of the cyberpunk genre.

In 1993, Blade Runner was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

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  • eli

    Denis Villeneuve… Automatic in.

    • denverchris

      Yup. Sicario and Prisoners were great.

  • I wasn’t sure about this sequel because Blade Runner is so perfect, but the prospect of seeing a Villeneuve Blade Runner film that is shot by Roger Deakins is just too damn enticing

  • Spike0037

    Ok I have said this a lot. If they’re doing a sequel which cut of the movie is getting a sequel. The original theatrical cut, The Directors Cut, International cut, The final cut or the work print cut

    • Gadriel

      The “cashing in on the new movie” cut.

    • DrewHamster

      Since Ridley Scott helped came up with the idea I bet (and hope) that the sequel would be the The Final Cut which is the real Director’s Cut.

    • Drew Douglas

      Came here to ask the same thing. Luckily I have the Blu with like 5 versions.

  • I’ve tried to watch the original a couple times and couldn’t get through it. Granted, I was probably like 13 the last time I tried so…I should finally give it another shot.

    • Creepshow

      Your not alone. I found it pretty snooze worthy myself.

      • Tigernan Quinn

        You two are insane.

        • Creepshow

          Insanely bored by Blade Crawler.

          • TheRealBadHatHarry

            Taste is taste, no one says you have to like something, no matter how fine, rich and beautiful it is. But lame ass puns like this are enough to shake ones faith in the future of film going.

    • TheRealBadHatHarry

      You ever hear the saying “only boring people get bored?” Yeah. Only boring people are bored by Blade Runner.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Treat yourself. Noir meets sci-fi to perfection. Easy test – watch the opening scene in as much of a theatrical set-up as you can get going and if it doesn’t give you goosebumps, pass on it; if it does, bust out the vaseline and tissues.

  • frgfdfg

    nopeling*

  • PsychoMantis18

    Bullshiiiiiiiat! Blade Runner does not need or warrant sequels and prequels, and I extremely doubt any will match the original.

  • LivingDeadMan

    Has Deckard’s expiration date not passed yet?

  • brewers_rule

    This intrigues me especially w/the Gosling signing. That is, if I can ever get the awful taste of Drive out of my mouth to believe in him again.

    • eli

      :O

    • Vic

      You didn’t like Drive?

      • It’s odd; Drive seems to be one of those films that people either like or vehemently hate. I’m definitely in the former group.

        • eli

          I’ll go so far as to say I love it. Maybe in my top 10 films now. But I get why some hate it (“too pretentious”, “too arty”, “pointless”, “not enough action/car chases”, etc…).

          • devolutionary

            I would think Only God Forgives is more guilty of that. Even Winding Refn states he didn’t quite know the direction of it.

      • brewers_rule

        I fell asleep halfway through the first time I tried to watch it. Thought maybe it was an aberration so I gave it a second shot all the way through and by the end of it I was asking myself why I spent the last 2 hours watching an Indie Fast & Furious when I could’ve been watching the fun, real version of Fast & Furious part 32 instead. So no, not a fan.

    • Still did not understand why Drive was so damn good? Direction was cool but besides that was empty. And Gosling…not sure why he gets any praise. Guy has the starring into space look (like Stallone).

    • DeadInHell

      Drive was great.

  • RiesenRatte

    I’m fine with a blade runner sequel BUT:

    “Even bigger news as the release firms plans to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller.”

    The potentiall that they fuck this up is to damn big

  • diapers

    Apprehension looms large, but fuck it, I’ll watch it.

  • 108Lich

    Wander if they are going to be brave and use Edward James Almos in this 1 also. He was also in there as the Origami making Blade Runner/Cop. They could do it but who knows. Gl to them making something they should have 10-15 years ago … NOW! ..

  • Down Lowbama

    If they really wanted a new robotic performance, they should sub out Gosling for Hayden Christiansen.

  • Xmoritz

    Ridley Scott not directing? I’m afraid it’s gonna be a big flop

  • Mr. Screamer

    But why… after 35 years? It’s gonna flop.

  • Brodequin

    Time will tell…

  • Leave BR alone. We saw what happened when playing with the legacies of masterpieces like Indiana Jones (kingdom of crystal skull) and alien (prometheus). What’s next? A sequel to the Lawrence of Arabia in afterlife?

  • Werewolf

    Roy Batty wheels up out of a dark alley in his series 7 Tyrell techno chair. “I should’ve died god damn it!…I should’ve but I didn’t!”

  • aNYagenda

    “…based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott.”

    The reason ridley scott hasn’t made a decent movie in 30 years has been his input into his scripts.

    Anybody who looked at the script to prometheus and thought that it was pretty good should obviously never be allowed near a script.

    And now he’s got the guy from green lantern to translate his incompetence onto the page.

  • Nameless

    Why Ryan Gosling?
    He’s as bad as Ryan Reynolds…well, almost, Reynolds takes the bad acting cake.

    Damn. Just damn.

    And do Androids age?

  • DeadInHell

    With Villeneuve at the helm I’m really excited for this. He’s a fantastic director. If anyone has the ability to make this film work despite Ridley Scott, it’s him.

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