After more than 30 years, Director Ridley Scott's hit science fiction film, Blade Runner is finally getting its much awaited sequel with its original protagonist, Harrison Ford, on board. The sequel will begin filming in July 2016, but instead of the originally scheduled January 2018 release, it will now arrive earlier.
Alcon Entertainment, the company who currently owns the rights to Blade Runner property, announced on April 20 that Blade Runner 2 will be answering the biggest mystery in the original film when the sequel arrives in cinemas on Oct. 6, 2017.
That is a full three months ahead of schedule and a move that fans would definitely agree with since Harrison Ford himself loved the three-act storyline that was written for it.
"I sent [Harrison Ford] this [script] and he said it's the best thing he's ever read... It's very relevant to what happened in the first one," Scott said in an interview.
But fans should not expect too much action from the veteran actor from the get-go because the director also revealed that much of the film is about finding Ford's character, Rick Deckard, and he actually makes his appearance in the film in the third act.
"Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act," Scott added.
Blade Runner 2 is appropriately set decades after the original film and will be directed by Denis Villeneuve who also just as excited and passionate about the film.
"[Blade Runner] is by far one of my favorite movies of all time [...] I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it," Villeneuve promised when he was interviewed at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Blade Runner 2 will see the return of Harrison Ford and he will be joined by Dave Bautista, Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright.