It’s been over 30 years since we saw Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) hunt down the ruthless, sadistic and down right creepy Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in the neo noir tale that was Blade Runner and while speculation, rumors and statements have been made over the past few decades many fans of Blade Runner doubted they would ever see active movement on the promise of a sequel. WELL REST YOUR WEARY HEARTS!!! An announcement on Thursday just confirmed Blade Runner 2 is in active development with a director at the helm.
2013’s Prisoners and Enemy director, Academy Award nominee, Denis Villeneuve has entered talks officially to direct the sequel.
The film’s script which Harrison Ford described as “The best thing he’s ever read” was Written by Hampton Fancher (the original co-screenwriter of Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Co-writer of Green Lantern and the current writer on Prometheus 2), all that’s known about the “Blade Runner” sequel is that it will supposedly take place several decades after the 1982 original, which is to be expected since it’s been several decades since the original.
In a joint statement both Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson released stated:
“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,’” Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement. “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.”
Ridley Scott is set to produce the film which is expected to hit theaters in 2016.