I know that there’s some real resistance to a Blade Runner sequel out there, and frankly it makes a lot of sense to me on certain levels. At the same time though, I always try to hope for the best (while still prepping for the worst), so the news that Ryan Gosling could star in the movie is something to certainly hold on to as a positive. A Press Release, which you can see below, has Gosling in negotiations to co-star (in apparently the main role) with returning leading man Harrison Ford, under the direction of Denis Villeneuve, which is a solid choice. Ridley Scott is just an Executive Producer this time out, so make of that what you will. Filming isn’t even scheduled until next summer, so we’re in the early days for sure, but the continuing star of Rick Deckard should be a curiosity, if nothing else. On my end, the addition of Gosling gooses this one up a bit. He’s making some very interesting choices these days, not that he ever didn’t. Check out the details below, and stay tuned for more on the return to the world of Blade Runner when we have it…
Here’s the Press Release on Gosling’s negotiations for the starring role:
LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to BLADE RUNNER, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.
The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Story details, as well as Gosling’s character, are not being revealed.
Gosling will be seen next in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick’s Weightless. He is currently in production starring opposite Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carrell in The Big Short.
Villeneuve’s upcoming feature film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro from Black Label Media, has been recently announced in Competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Villeneuve previously worked with Kosove and Johnson as the director of Alcon’s critically acclaimed Prisoners.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the prequel and sequel film, television and ancillary franchise rights to the iconic science-fiction thriller BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from producers Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, who will serve as producers on the sequel along Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Among its many distinctions, BLADE RUNNER has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.
Released by Warner Bros., BLADE RUNNER was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).
BLADE RUNNER was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
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