BLADE RUNNER sequel taps Prisoners director; Harrison Ford officially confirmed

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When I first heard that Ridely Scott was producing a new Blade Runner sequel, I ran into a wall thinking about what he would do to it if he directed. Scott may have created this world with the classic, and was once one of the best directors on the planet, but after the abomination of Prometheus I thought “please no, spare one of the best science fiction movies of all time a totally unneeded sequel!”. But now I am a little happier with the idea of another film.

The reason for my upswing in mood? According to Variety, Scott will not be taking the helm as was rumoured, but Prisoners and Enemy director and Oscar Nominee (Incendies) Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to take charge of the movie now. Villeneuve has become quite the hot talent, with Prisoners being one of the best hard-hitting, morally ambiguous thrillers of recent years, and the fantastically shot Enemies being one colossal mind-job. All aspects that will definitely serve him well in the Blade Runner universe.

More importantly though, it’s now been officially confirmed that he will be directing Harrison Ford. Of course Ford made a name for himself in the original 1982 movie as Detective Rick Deckard, so his reprisal of the role will have fans punching the air, especially after he was initially very non-committal on whether he would join the sequel (despite saying that the script was the “best thing I’ve ever read”) .

Of course Scott isn’t totally out of the picture as he is producing the film alongside Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, while original screenwriter Hampton Fancher will be returning to the franchise to co-write the script along with Michael Green. Johnson and Kosove said of Ford and Villeneuve joining the team:

“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’. 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.”

Well that stops the palpitations and puts me in a very happy place. The film is set to take place a few decades after the original so some of the ambiguity left at the end of the original is kinda cleared up… or is it? We’ll see when the film lands sometime in the hopefully not too distant future.

Last Updated: February 27, 2015

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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