I think we can all agree that a Blade Runner sequel is unnecessary – but that’s not to say another step into Ridley Scott’s dystopian future is unwelcome. The first film was self contained and the story appeared to be told, so I hope that Blade Runner 2 (or whatever it will be called) has an interesting angle on how to expand the world that was based on Philip K. Dick’s story.
The always busy Scott won’t be directing this time around, although he will be producing alongside Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnsonas. Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct a script by original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Harrison Ford will also be returning to star in film, which takes place several decades after the 1981 film ( set in 2019). Ford has apparently stated that the script is ‘the best thing he’s ever read’.
Kosove and Johnsonas had this to say:
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.”
Blade Runner 2 is expected to shoot in the summer of 2017, presumably for a 2018 release.