The sequel to science fiction classic Blade Runner (1982) will start production in July.
According to Deadline, principal photography on the controversial follow-up will start in the summer, although there is still no news on the release date – which will likely be sometime in 2017.
The report also reveals that Sony Pictures will distribute the movie internationally, while Warner Bros. has the North American distribution rights through their deal with Alcon Entertainment. Original director Ridley Scott is producing the second film, which will be helmed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners and Sicario).
Harrison Ford will return, alongside new lead Ryan Gosling (Drive). Ford’s casting has left fans scratching their heads after it was widely accepted that his character, Rick Deckard, was a replicant with a severely limited lifespan. However, the Han Solo actor could be playing another character as absolutely nothing is known about the story.
Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who penned the first installment, has cowritten the new script with Michael Green (Green Lantern), while critically acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall) will photograph the project.
The original movie, which was an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, was a commercial flop when it was initially released, but quickly became an icon of the sci-fi genre.
Production company Alcon secured the film and television rights to Blade Runner in 2011, and enlisted producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove to develop the sequel alongside Alien filmmaker Scott.
Chairman of Sony Pictures Tom Rothman released this statement:
“At Sony, we have made a strong commitment to the international marketplace. We know of few projects with greater international potential than the long-dreamed of sequel to Blade Runner, especially given the all-star creative team Andrew and Broderick have assembled. Working on a Blade Runner film also fulfills a long-time personal ambition, as I deeply love and admire the original.”
Hat Tip: THR