While doing press for his latest, upcoming film Sicario, director Denis Villeneuve very recently revealed that principal photography on the Blade Runner sequel will begin next summer, although he wouldn’t divulge any specific plot details quite yet. During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, the filmmaker revealed that his follow-up will answer the question fans have had for decades: is Rick Deckard ( Harrison Ford ) in fact a “Replicant”? Here’s what he had to say on the subject . .
“Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer that. The thing I must say is that I love a good mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”
The director recently revealed that he was incredibly hesitant to take on this project, which was written by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. He also said that this sci-fi sequel will be “autonomous” to the original, while still maintaining some connection to the sci-fi classic.
While principal photography will begin next summer, the exact locations have not been determined yet. The project still doesn’t have a release date set at this time, but will most likely hit theaters in 2017, which would coincide with the 35th anniversary of the original. It isn’t exactly known what time period this movie will be set in, but now that a production schedule is in place, hopefully we’ll start learning more details about the anticipated project . . .
Warner Studio’s Untitled Blade Runner Project comes to theaters across the country in 2017.