“Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct Harrison Ford in the “Blade Runner” sequel for Alcon Entertainment.
The announcement was made on Thursday.
Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, the “Blade Runner” sequel will take place several decades after the 1982 original.
Ford recently said the second installment’s script was the “best thing he’s ever read.” He will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film, which originally took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.
Further plot details are known.
Ridley Scott will exec produce the sci-fi thriller. Producers are Bud and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin and Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
“We are honored 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.”
Villeneuve’s 2010 “Incendies” earned a foreign-language Oscar nomination. He most recently helmed Jake Gyllenhaal in “Enemy.”
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His next film “Sicario” stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. It opens nationwide Sept. 18.