Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a Blade Runner sequel. Ridley Scott, the first film’s director, is attached to the project but as a producer not director. Co-producers joining Scott are Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is currently in negotiations to helm the sequel and it was written by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original movie, and Michael Green (Smallville, Everwood).
The first movie was released in 1982 offering a gritty, dystopian look at Los Angeles in 2019. With Ford attached to play Deckard the new film will be set several decades later, similar to how the Indiana Jones series picked up the latest sequel 19 years later.
This announcement joins a wave of ‘80s nostalgia reboots, remakes, and sequels, as plans are in the works for several other franchises from that decade including Mad Max, Ghostbusters, and Alien. Ford will also be starring in the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens due out in December later this year.