BLADE RUNNER Sequel: Ford Is In. PRISONERS' Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct

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BLADE RUNNER Sequel: Ford Is In. PRISONERS' Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct
According to the report over at THR Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's sequel to the popular 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi film Blade Runner

French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, director of popular titles Prisoners, Enemy, and Incendies, is in talks to direct. His latest film, Sicario, a crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro, is in post production.

The sequel will take place many decades after the first film. The screenplay was written by the original film's scribe Hampton Fancher along with Michael Green. The screenplay is reportedly based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. 

There are no details about the plot at this time and I do not imagine we will be getting too much detail when the film goes into production in Summer of 2016. It is sure to be a highly anticipated title. 
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Unflinching_EyeFebruary 26, 2015 10:03 PM

If Villeneuve directed from a screenplay by Fancher? I'm just going to allow myself a little bit of optimism here :)

ToryKFebruary 27, 2015 2:03 AM

Villeneuve never would have come to mind if I were making a mental list of candidates, but I'll be damned if that isn't an excellent choice. Prisoners was good stuff, but I was even more impressed by Enemy. The man's got a knack for atmosphere and mood, and if he can carry that along with him over to Blade Runner, then he can have all my monies.

MehliensFebruary 27, 2015 8:04 AM

Seems like a sensible choice. As long as Blomkamp stays far from this project

Todd BrownFebruary 27, 2015 9:22 AM

Heh. The producer of this called me a liar and said he wanted to fight me when I broke the news they were talking to Ford ages ago.

Darren MurrayFebruary 27, 2015 10:03 AM

As it is set decades later I wonder if they will address Deckard being a replicant now, with Ford being considerably older than he was in the first film, and that a replicant should only live 4 years.

Mr. CavinFebruary 27, 2015 4:08 PM

well, as far as I know, Fancher's always kind of been against the idea that Deckard was a replicant. I think his paraphrased quote was something like "the question about whether or not Deckard is a replicant is what's interesting. The answer to that question is ridiculous." I'm with him. I hope he really does write this thing.

billydakingFebruary 27, 2015 8:44 PM

But Ridley Scott worked on the story with Fracher and is producing, and it was Scott who pushed the idea of Deckard being a replicant. If you read Future Noir, there's an interview in the back with Scott of what kind of replicant Deckard was, which tied into the expiration date.

Both writers, incidentally, were against the idea that Deckard was a replicant. I suspect that the sequel will be vague on that point.

Darren MurrayFebruary 27, 2015 10:46 PM

I think it will be vague. I know Harrison Ford has also stated in the past that he didn't like the idea of Deckard being a replicant, so perhaps they have came to some kind of a compromise to get Ford on board.

I just hope that that this lives up to the original and doesn't become another Prometheus.

Martin WagnerFebruary 28, 2015 12:52 PM

It was interesting to watch the blu-ray and hear Ridley Scott casually toss off that anyone who couldn't figure out Deckard was a replicant is a moron, followed by Frank Darabont giving a passionate argument for why the story only works if Deckard is human. The impression you get is that Darabont has a far greater emotional investment in Blade Runner than Ridley Scott does.