The film, directed by Villeneuve ("Sicario") and written by "Blade Runner" co-writer Hampton Fancher with Michael Green — from a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott — picks up several decades
after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
Produced by Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to Scott's classic sci-fi noir in 2011, the sequel stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Principal photography is set to begin in July, with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins reuniting with "Sicario" and "Prisoners" collaborator Villeneuve.
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Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute day-and-date in all overseas territories. Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producers, as is Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Bud Yorkin will receive a producer credit. Scott has signed on as executive producer, along with Bill Carraro (“Terminator Genisys,” “The Golden Compass”) and Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble of Thunderbird Films.