We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, C-beams glitter in the dark, and a press release confirming Harrison Ford will star in a Blade Runner sequel with a new director.
Variety reports that Denis Villeneuve is the man tasked with bringing us back into the dystopian world of philosophising replicants and bourbon-swilling law enforcers known as blade runners, set some several decades after the last instalment. That being a fiery 2019 Los Angeles with flying cars (ever get the feeling people expected too much of our generation?).
Based on Philip K. Dick’s fantastic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Scott’s 1982 blend of noir and futurism is now regarded as a bona fide cinematic classic, and the omens look good once again.
Villeneuve, having been Oscar nominated for A Best Foreign Language Oscar for 2010’s Incendies, before impressing once again with gritty abduction thriller Prisoners, is a heavyweight name for the director’s chair. Ridley Scott is producing, so that’s good, and Ford himself recently went as far as praising the new script.
The two other producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had this to say of the news: "We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement. “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.”
Ford's return as Indiana Jones might not have been a damp squib but we’ve got a good feeling about this one.
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