Blade Runner Sequel Developments

Blade Runner, the Sci-Fi, Thriller released in 1982 is getting a modern adaptation.

Over 30 years since its first release, “Blade Runner” receives its long overdue sequel. Ridley Scott directed “Blade Runner”. Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples collaborated on the screenplay. “Blade Runner” is a cult classic, an instant award-winning hit. Here’s the long synopsis to “Blade Runner”:

“In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a “Blade Runner”. Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate “replicants”. The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off-World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she’s a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what’s human and what’s not human.”

At the AFI Festival, Ridley Scott revealed details of the opening scene in the sequel:

“We decided to start the film off with the original starting block of the original film. We always loved the idea of a dystopian universe.”

This sets the tone for “Blade Runner” the sequel. Ridley Scott continues by stating:

“…and there you’ve got Rick Deckard. The guy’s seen him, so the guy pulls the combine behind the cottage and it towers three stories above it, and the man climbs down from a ladder – a big man. This guy’s got to be 350 pounds. I’m not going to say anything else – you’ll have to go see the movie.”

What a way to start the excitement, only to leave me wanting more. Is this a hint of what to expect in the “Blade Runner” sequel? Or, is a creative imagination on what could be presented? I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out.

As far as the cast goes: Harrison Ford will return. In the original  “Blade Runner”, Ford played the original blade runner, Rick Deckard.  Looks like he’ll reprise his role as the blade runner in the sequel as well, which is very exciting, given his exceptional performance in the original film.

Ryan Gosling notable from the Crime, Drama “Drive”, will also star alongside Ford. Gosling is a very exciting addition. After his exceptional performance in “Drive”, I feel he is more than equipped to stand alongside Ford in the “Blade Runner” sequel. His character is not yet determined, but I’m very anxious to find out.

Joining the team will be Robin Wright from “House of Cards”, Dave Bautista from “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Ana de Armas from “Knock Knock”, and Sylvia Hoeks from “The Best Offer”. No roles, aside from Ford’s, have been determined at this time. Stay tuned for updates.

Ridley Scott will be the Executive producer to the “Blade Runner” sequel. Directing the project will be Denis Villeneuve. You’ve seen his work in “Sicario”. Hampton Fancher and Michael Green are the writers. The script will be based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”.

The  “Blade Runner” sequel is set to begin filming in July of 2016 and will be released in October of 2017.


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