Alcon Entertainment announced Friday that Harrison Ford has been confirmed to return to the role of Rick Deckard! Securing Ford is certainly the most important step to making a successful sequel.
Original director Ridley Scott will step back and produce Blade Runner 2 (because he will be busy directing Prometheus 2), but he has announced his hand-picked choice to helm this sequel: Denis Villeneuve.
The French-Canadian filmmaker is best known to American audiences for Prisoners, the intense Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for Incendies.
Hampton Fancher (original co-writer along with David Peoples) and Michael Green have written the sequel’s screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original film, which was set in 2019.
Production is set to begin in summer 2016.