It would appear that the wheels are moving on the Blade Runner sequel a lot faster than we – or anyone else, for that matter – had anticipated. Having initially been given the release date of 12 January 2018, it has now been confirmed that we’ll be getting it a few months earlier, with 6 October 2017 being the new date to inscribe in your diaries.
Truth be told, it’s a better slot. The nature of the competition is unknown at present, with two as-yet untitled Fox/Marvel and Warner Bros productions being the only big-budget films out around that time. Full details on the change of scheduling can be found in the below press release from Alcon Enertainment:
Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, will now be released worldwide on October 6, 2017, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Warner Bros will release the film in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
The sequel will see Harrison Ford presumably reprising his role as Rick Deckard from the original (although considering his apparent status as a Replicant, the nature of his role is definitely up for debate), starring alongside Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive), Robin Wright (The Princess Bride, House Of Cards, Forrest Gump) and Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Spectre). Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario) will take on the director mantle, working from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, with original director Ridley Scott producing alongside. Broderick Johnson, Andrew A Kosove, Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin producing.
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