‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Sony Takes International Rights

'Blade Runner' Sequel: International Rights Go

Sony Pictures has landed international distribution rights for Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the film, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original movie) and Michael Green have penned the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott.

The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of Scott’s iconic 1982 original — which was set in a 2019 Los Angeles, and based on the Philip K. Dick short story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Scott will also executive produce, as will Bill Carraro.

The film marks Villenueve’s third collaboration with 13-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins, who will serve as cinematographer, following Alcon’s “Prisoners” and “Sicario,” which brought Deakins his latest Oscar nomination.

Principal photography on the yet-to-be-titled sequel is scheduled to begin in July.

“At Sony, we have made a strong commitment to the international marketplace,” Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman said in a statement. “We know of few projects with greater international potential than the long dreamed of sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ especially given the all-star creative team Andrew and Broderick have assembled. We are deeply grateful to everyone at Alcon, Denis and Ridley for entrusting us with such a gift. Working on a ‘Blade Runner’ film also fulfills a long-time personal ambition, as I deeply love and admire the original.”

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  1. Ethan Howard says:

    Now that we have this great news, we need to know who’s going to score it! I could see somebody like Mac Qualye do a killer job with it

  2. Brian Iverson says:

    New title for the Movie: Blade Walker

  3. fcbertrand says:

    Since when is Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? a “short story?”

  4. Dr Wu says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Fingers crossed the Harlem Globetrotters find their way into the new film! #ItWorkedForGilligansIsland

  5. Lex says:

    I saw Blade Runner’s Director’s Cut in a film class once. We talked about the culture in the film and the now legendary theory that Harrison Ford’s character was in fact one of the replicants. There was plenty of things suggesting he was. This will ruin that idea. Sequels aren’t always necessary.

  6. JE Vizzusi says:

    “I just screened The Martian over the weekend and all I did was scream out; Ridley what the hell has happened? I find his modern day techniques overun with technology that loses the realism of his characters and story line which I found a major flaw in The Martian. Both Bladerunner and A L I E N has major believable personalities with flaws and smoking and foul language, the works! Real People in incredible situalions. Thelma & Louise held those values as well. But today I see a difference. I did not believe any of those JPL and NASA Employees could ever hold a job they were attempting to do. No I did not want this comment to be a review of The Martian but since they are bringing back Bladerunner, then keep it dark with awesome wild figures and most importantly its ok to copy the Production Design since there has not been anything like it since. JEV “The Spacecoast”

  7. kenfurman46 says:

    Harrison Ford as an old guy in
    Sequels is becoming a cottage industry. He might play the presidents dad in a remake of AIr Force One in ten years.

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