Blade Runner 2 lines up Ridley Scott’s replacement

It’s official: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel lines up the best possible director

Harrison Ford in 1982's Blade Runner
Harrison Ford in 1982’s Blade Runner

Ridley Scott’s long-mooted Blade Runner sequel/reboot/prequel thing (like the run up to Prometheus, it seems to change every day), has begun negotiations with Denis Villeneuve, the Academy Award nominated director of Prisoners and Enemy.

Filming is due to kick off summer 2016 from a script by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green, based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford, as if we need to tell you, is getting back inside the trench coat.

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“We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” commented producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson  in a press release.

“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.”

Based on the tense noir of Prisoners alone, Villeneuve is the perfect choice.

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