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It's finally happening, Sci Fi's magnum opus is getting it's follow up, here are the details. THE GOOD NEWS: Warner Bros announced an official date for the long awaited Blade Runner Sequel, starring Harrison Ford, reprising his role as the titular blade runner Rick Deckard. He'll be joined by Ryan Gosling, who continues to get every good role in hollywood. It will be directed by Sicario's Dennis Villeneuve, with Ridley Scott back on as an executive producer. It's written by Hampton Fincher (who wrote the original) and Michael Green. THE BAD NEWS: It's not coming out until January 12, 2018. Which is odd considering that the month of January is usually a dumping ground for studios. There was hope and speculation that it would be out sometime in 2017 as principle photography begins this year but unfortunately were almost two years out from seeing the follow up to arguably one of the greatest Sci Fi movies of all time. Though not his most successful, Blade Runner is probably Ridley Scotts most influential movie both visually and from a cinematic standpoint. If you haven't seen it, watch it, my recommendation is to search out the Final Cut, as Blade Runner wen't through editing hell before it's release, in the years since Ridley Scott has cut three other versions of the movie, each its own unique piece. Story facts are pretty tight as of now, here's the press release below: Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER, to star Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford (reprising his role as Rick Deckard), and to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sciario, Prisoners), will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on January 12, 2018, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.  The story, written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott, takes up several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July, 2016. Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.   Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit. Ridley Scott will serve as Executive Producer. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will also serve as executive producers along with Bill Carraro (“Terminator Genisys,” “The Golden Compass”). -Words by Michael Cherrito


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