Like many I groaned when I first heard that a sequel to the 1982 science fiction noir classic that is Blade Runner was going to be made, but since then I’ve been getting more and more excited about it. It has the superb director of Prisoners and Sicario helming the project, is going to be shot by the genius cinematographer Roger Deakins, and along with the return of Harrison Ford in the role of Rick Deckard, the film is also going to star Ryan Gosling, one of my favourite movie actors at the moment and a man who always seems to pick good projects. We also know that original director Ridley Scott will be executive producer, and original writer Hampton Fancher is back as well, working with Michael Green to adapt a story idea from Fancher and Scott.
Speaking to Hello magazine, Gosling shared a few more details about the film:
“I can say that we start shooting in July, Harrison will be in and it’s not a remake of the story, more an extension. I’m really excited because I’m a huge fan of the original – I think that, aside from Alien, it’s one of the more important science fiction films ever.”
It’s interesting that he didn’t use the word “sequel”, though “extension” could mean the same thing. At least we can rest assured that it’s not another darn remake. The film is going to be hitting cinemas on January 12, 2018 [so far away!] and I can’t wait!