The Blade Runner Sequel
March 1, 2015 - Retro, Sci-fi,
The Blade Runner Sequel continues to progress into reality. THR recently reported that Blade Runner 2 may now have a director attached. Mr. Denis Villeneuve is in talks to helm the follow up to the 1982 film. Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to Blade Runner back in 2011 with the intention of making both a sequel and even a prequel.
For what little we know of the storyline we understand it takes place several decades after the classic. Co-written by the original writer Hampton Fancher, “It’s written and it’s damn good,” said Ridley Scott late last year.
The sci-fi classic in which Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard is scheduled to start principal photography next summer. Scott said, “Harrison is very much part of this one, But it’s really about finding him. He comes in in the third act.”
If you don’t already own a copy or two of Blade Runner (I personally own a laser disc) you might consider the 30th anniversary version Blade Runner: The Final Cut. This is not to be confused with the 25th anniversary, or the 2007 The Final Cut re-edit, or the 1992 edit. Over the years Scott has removed Ford’s voiceovers, the “happy ending” and added back in the Unicorn dream sequence, and additional violence that was originally cut for ratings. Scott even went so far as to re-shoot Zhora’s death scene with actress Joanna Cassidy, replacing the stunt double that was in the original. Look for the featurette called All Our Variant Futures – the making of the Final Cut version.