Most of us thought that it would never happen, but now it's official! Alcon Entertainment have announced that after more than 30 years, a Blade Runner sequel is now a reality, and that actor Harrison Ford will once again be playing the role of Rick Deckard, the character he took on in the original 1982 Sci-Fi classic.
The announcement came Thursday (February 26) as the company also revealed that Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is currently in negotiations to head the film, and Ridley Scott (who directed the first Blade Runner) will serve as executive producer.
The film's story will be set a number of decades after the events of the first Blade Runner. Principle photography for the movie is currently scheduled to begin in summer 2016. Furthermore, the screenplay has already been written by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green, and is based on a concept collectively formulated by Fancher and Ridely Scott.
"We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners," Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a press release. "Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team."
No further information about the film was revealed, but with Ford officially confirmed to reprise his role, it's safe to say that the anticipation level will be set sky-high.