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Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 05/18/2012

New ‘Blade Runner’ film will be a sequel, and more details


Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard watches for pursuing androids in director Ridley Scott's 1982 cult classic, "Blade Runner." (Anonymous - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
After more than a year of rumors and speculation, Alcon Entertainment has announced that the new “Blade Runner” film will officially be a sequel, as the Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday.

When Deadline first reported back in August that Scott was on board to direct another “Blade Runner” film, our own Jen Chaney noted, “It’s not clear at this point whether the new film will be a prequel or a sequel, or how it will expand on the dystopian narrative originally laid out in a novel by Philip K. Dick.”

But now we know that the new project will definitely be a sequel to the 1982 cult classic that will take place “some years after the first film concluded,” according to the release. (“Blade Runner” takes place in November 2019.) While Harrison Ford, who played protagonist Rick Deckard, is still not involved, original screenwriter Hampton Francher is in talks to pen the sequel.

Forbes contributing writer Carol Pinchefsky said Francher’s involvement in the film would elicit “nerd glee.”

Scott is currently promoting his highly anticipated return to the sci-fi genre, “Prometheus,” which is a prequel to “Alien.” The director talked to the Daily Beast about the film and his love of strong female leads. In the case of “Prometheus,” the strong woman is played by “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” leading lady Noomi Rapace, whom you can see in a piece of viral marketing below.

This love will carry into the “Blade Runner” sequel, according to Scott, who told the Daily Beast he will “definitely be featuring a female protagonist” in the film.

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Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Blade Runner

 
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