Gosling will be joined by Harrison Ford who reprises his role as replicant hunter Rick Deckard in a sequel to the 1982 science-fiction thriller movie.
"Blade Runner" will finally get its sequel 35 years after it was released. According to a press release issued by Sony Pictures, the untitled Blade Runner project will start filming in July with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford joining the cast.
Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the upcoming movie. Denis Villeneuve, who directed "Sicario", is helming the project. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the new screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the original movie.
The press release states, "Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce."
Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment's sequel to "Blade Runner" in international territories while Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute it in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, says Alcon co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Pictures, "Blade Runner" was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which tells a story about a retired member of a police officer corps called blade runners who hunt down replicants on Earth. The original film was directed by Ridley Scott and was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction).