It’s already been quite a year for long dormant, beloved genre properties making a comeback decades after the fact. We’ve got Han, Luke and Leia coming back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Agent Cooper returning in an all new Twin Peaks, Arnold back as the T-800, and this week we learned that Ripley would return for Alien 5, some 20 years after the last installment.
Well, get ready to add Blade Runner to that list, because Harrison Ford is in talks to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the classic 1982 film. Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve will helm the film for Alcon Entertainment. In the original, Ford played a man whose task it was to hunt down rogue machines who look just like human called replicants.
Blade Runner 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) is set to start principal photography in summer of 2016. The co-writer of the original film, Hampton Fancher, and Michael Green have written the sequel’s screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and the director of the original movie, Ridley Scott, who chose not to return to the director’s chair this time. The story for the sequel is said to take place several decades after the end of the original film, which I guess would place it around 2050 or so, since the original movie took place in 2019. Sadly, it doesn’t look likely that there will be fully functional replicants walking around in four years time, or any off-world colonies, which is kind of a major bummer.
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