Get your diaries out Blade Runner fans, Blade Runner 2 has been given a release date by Warner Bros. – the countdown starts now! Scroll down for all the details.
Finally, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner has received a domestic release date. The hugely anticipated sci-fi follow-up will enter cinemas on January 12, 2018 during Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, while the only movie being released on the same date (so far) is Paramount Animations’ Sherlock Gnomes.
Drive actor Ryan Gosling is set to star alongside original actor Harrison Ford, who pleased many fans when it was revealed he would be reprising his role as San Francisco police officer and all round bad-ass, Rick Deckard.
Denis Villeneuve is following up his war-on-drugs picture Sicario by directing this movie, working from a script written by Alien: Covenant’s Michael Green and Hampton Fancher. Both of those scriptwriters co-wrote the original sci-fi classic, adapting the seminal Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
Blade Runner 2 will begin shooting in July later this year, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait two years before it sees the light of day.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson of Alcon Entertainment are set to produce alongside Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. In a respectful nod, the movie will also give a producing credit to the late Bud Yorkin, who sold the original film, television and ancillary franchise rights back in 2011.
Original director Ridley Scott will take on the role of executive producer along with Frank Giustra, Bill Carraro and Tim Gamble.
Are you looking forward to Blade Runner 2? What do you think of the creative team behind the project? Do you think Denis Villeneuve will be able to replicate the same critical success he had with Sicario, Enemy and Prisoners? Whatever your thoughts, sound off in the comments section below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter