Acclaimed “Prisoners” and “Incendies” director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to take the helm of the “Blade Runner” sequel at Alcon Entertainment.
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film. The first took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles, but the setting for the sequel is unknown beyond it taking place several decades later.
Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have penned the script which Ford recently called the best thing he’s ever read. Ridley Scott, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce and filming is slated to begin next Summer.
Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement: “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.”
Villeneuve’s next film, “Sicario,” opens nationwide September 18th.