The upcoming sequel to the 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures, Variety reported today. In the US and Canada, Warner Bros. has distribution rights to the film.
Warner Bros. produced and distributed the original theatrical release of Blade Runner in the US that made $33.8 million at the box office but has achieved cult status among science fiction fans. The film is based on the 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick.
The deals are both with Los Angeles-based Alcon Entertainment, who will take the currently named “Untitled Blade Runner Project” to principal photography in July, 2016.
The sequel will star Harrison Ford once again as Rick Deckard, along with Oscar-nominated Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson). Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Incendies) will direct the film that is being written by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Green Lantern).
The Blade Runner sequel will apparently take place “several decades” after Blade Runner’s dystopian Los Angeles setting in the year 2019.
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