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Blade Runner 2 Gets Early 2018 Release Date

By Brian Gallagher — February 18th, 2016

Alcon Entertainment's sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford (reprising his role as Rick Deckard), and directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on January 12, 2018, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media. The Untitled Blade Runner Project will be going up against Paramount's Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes in its new release date.

The story, written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott, takes up several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July, 2016. Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project. The film marks Denis Villeneuve's third collaboration with 13-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins. This project follows Alcon's Prisoners and the hit drug-trafficking drama Sicario, which brought Deakins his latest Oscar nomination.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.

Ridley Scott will serve as Executive Producer. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will also serve as executive producers along with Bill Carraro (Terminator Genisys, The Golden Compass). In 1993, Blade Runner was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

Among its many distinctions, Blade Runner has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications. Released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Blade Runnerwas adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and was directed by Ridley Scott, following his landmark film, Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction) and is now regarded by media and cineastes as one of the greatest movies of all time and the defining vision of the cyberpunk genre.

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