Ford & Villeneuve Join Blade Runner Sequel

By Drax Largo on February 26th, 2015

More big sequel news today: Harrison Ford will be back to play Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel. To boot, Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve has signed on to direct.

Villeneuve will replace Ridley Scott in the director’s chair; however, Scott remains involved as a producer on the project.

No specific details on the story are available at the moment, but it is known this new chapter will take place some years after Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Rachael (Sean Young) made their escape. Michael Green (Green Lantern) is the latest writer on board, reworking a previous drafts from original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher and The Bourne Ultimatum‘s Scott Z. Burns.

In the 1982 classic, Rutger Hauer played the leader of a group of escaped replicants – genetically engineered androids used for work on Earth’s off-world colonies – who are hiding out in a 2019 version of Los Angeles. Ford’s Rick Deckard character is a “blade runner,” a police officer who kills replicants when and if they become a serious problem.

The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993.