Sources confirm that Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to join Harrison Ford in ‘Blade Runner 2,’ exciting news for any fan of the genre as Gosling would be sure to bring his incredible talent to the franchise, and help elevate the movie about the cliche “delayed Hollywood sequel wherein the studio is trying to milk money out of an ancient franchise.”
Based on what Ford has said (he claims its one of the best scripts he’s ever read), it seems they are really trying to bring back the quality and depth of the original, and some rumors even have it that Gosling’s character may actually be THE star of the movie, with Ford’s character (Rick Deckard) potentially not entering the movie until the third act, symbolically passing the torch of the franchise to the younger actor (much like his character Han Solo is supposedly doing in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘).
Ridley Scott will be returning to the film he directed over 30 years ago, but this time in the executive producer role, with Denis Villeneuve (‘Prisoners’) set to direct. The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original ‘Blade Runner’) and Michael Green, based on an idea the two of them had for where the franchise could go next. There is no release date just yet, but principal photography is set to begin around the summer of 2016, which would most likely result in a release date some time in 2017.
The story will take take place around 30 years after the original, meaning it will take place in Los Angeles 2019, and will most likely involve Gosling’s character continuing to delve into the melting pot that is the replicants and their place in the world, with the character potentially hunting replicants similar to Ford’s Deckard in the original.
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