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Finally a release date for sequel to “Blade Runner”

Blade RunnerThe long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner, has finally been given a release date! As reported by Comingsoon.net, the movie from Alcon Entertainment will see Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive), who so far is known only for dramatic work, make his science fiction debut alongside Harrison Ford who will be returning to the role of Rick Deckard. The movie is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sciario, Prisoners), Warner Bros. Pictures will release it in North America on January 12, 2018, with Sony Pictures Releasing International to distribute the movie in all of the overseas territories in all media.

Production of the sequel is scheduled to begin in July of 2016, and the multi-Oscar nominated Cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sciario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve for this movie.

Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote Blade Runner, and Michael Green are writing the sequel, and is based on a story that Fancher wrote with Ridley Scott. The film will take place several decades after the ending of the 1982 original film.

Alcon Entertainment acquired all of the film, television, and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011 from the late Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, and the latter will produce the movie along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove, and the late Yorkin will also receive a producer credit. Comingsoon.net also reports that Scott will serve as the Executive Producer, although IMDb lists his role as Producer. Frank Giustra, Tim Gamble, and Bill Carro are listed as Executive Producers for the project.

So are you among those who have been waiting for this sequel, or do you feel that Bade Runner should basically stand on its own? How do you feel about Ryan Gosling picked to star in the film, and should this movie be directed by Ridley Scott instead of having him serve as (Executive) Producer?

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