Oscar-winner Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) is currently serving as producer for the upcoming sequel to his critically-acclaimed 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner. The new film will be directed by Dennis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and will feature original star Harrison Ford (The Fugitive, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), reprising his role as Rick Deckard, alongside newcomer Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Big Short). The original Blade Runner took place in 2019 Los Angeles, a now dark and desperate metropolis that’s overrun with crime and urban decay. The Blade Runners are responsible for assassinating ‘replicants,’ androids made to look like humans but displaying no sign of human emotion. Rick Deckard comes in when he is assigned to track down four replicants responsible for a mutiny on the Off World colony, but as he tracks them down, he encounters another replicant, Rachel, that displays human emotion, and throws Deckard into a spiral of uncertainty as he continues to pursue the leader of the replicant mutineers. The original film was based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and was adapted for the screen by Scott and Hampton Fancher (The Mighty Quinn, The Minus Man). So far it looks Fancher will return to co-write the new film with Scott and screenwriter Michael Green (Green Lantern, Gotham). Warner Bros. just announced this week that the film will be scheduled for release on January 12th, 2018. Stay tuned for more updates.
Having just appeared in Elysium with Jodie Foster in 2012, Matt Damon will be getting behind the camera for another space adventure with director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) for The Martian. Coming from a script that was adapted by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir’s book, the story follows an astronaut who ends up stranded on Mars and must play the survival game until he can find a means to get back to Earth. Goddard was originally set to write and direct the project, but his earlier commitment to direct The Sinister Six for Sony Pictures has Scott now in talks to direct, even though Scott is currently finishing up Exodus for release later this year and also has Prometheus 2 scheduled for a March 2016 release. Warner Bros. pictures has also recently announced that a sequel to Scott’s 1982 blockbuster Blade Runner is going to be in the works with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. According to Alcon Entertainment, who co-produced/financed the first Blade Runner, the screenplay will be written by original writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and will, if all goes according to plan, follow Ford’s character several decades after the conclusion of the first film, with Scott once again directing. Considering all of the projects Scott is also involved with as producer, it seems his plate is filling up pretty quickly, but we’ll see how all of this pans out. The Martian will most likely be the first step after Prometheus 2 is finished (assuming Scott does decide to direct), and then Blade Runner will follow that (also assuming it doesn’t conflict with his new Star Wars commitments!).