The Blade Runner Sequel Gets a Director
French director Denis Villeneuve is officially in talks to helm the highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel, with Harrison Ford also confirmed to return as protagonist Rick Deckard.
Villeneuve is best known in America for directing "Prisoners," a small 2013 thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film slipped through the cracks a little, but was widely acclaimed by all the critics who saw it, with both the performances and direction getting rave reviews. The cinematography was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award.
The original Blade Runner, which came out in 1982, was directed by Ridley Scott and was based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It followed Ford's character, Rick Deckard, a man tasked with tracking down android replicants and destroying them. Although initial reviews were mixed, it has since become a cult classic, heralded as one of the best sci-fi films of all time. Predictably, considering Ford's return, the sequel will take place several decades after the first film.