Harrison Ford is confirmed to return as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the sci-fi cult classic Blade Runner. Oscar-nominated Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) is in talks to helm the film, with the original’s director, Ridley Scott, aboard as producer.
The screenplay from Hampton Fancher, who wrote the seminal 1982 original, and Michael Green (TV’s Heroes, Green Lantern) was turned in late last year. Set “several decades” after the first film’s 2019 dystopian future, Ford reportedly told Scott the script is “the best thing he’s ever read.”
Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to Blade Runner in 2011, and the Warner Bros.-based production company’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce alongside Scott.
“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,” said Kosove and Johnson 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.”
Below, watch a trailer for the Blade Runner 30th anniversary edition.