It’s time, folks. We got our Star Wars sequel that actually included Han Solo, and you’re about to read some more details of the Blade Runner sequel. So it’s definitely time someone starts shopping around that “planned sequel” to Witness, because it’s been too long since the Amish graced the big screen and charmed their way into our hearts.
As far as Blade Runner II goes, there is not a title yet, but may we suggest You Better Believe Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Buddy? Variety is reporting that the tentative release date is now set for January 2018.
Alcon Entertainment is producing, Ryan Gosling is starring, and Harrison Ford is supposedly reprising his Deckard role. Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the first script, is working on the new script with Michael Green. It’s based on a story that Fancher and original director Ridley Scott developed, which Scott talked about last year:
“We start off at what I describe as a ‘factory farm’ – what would be a flat land with farming. Wyoming. Flat, not rolling – you can see for 20 miles. No fences, just plowed, dry dirt. [sic] Of course, traditionally chased by a dog that barks, the doors open, a guy gets out and there you’ve got Rick Deckard.”
Wyoming, of course, is nothing but fences, lots and lots of fences, and rolling, so maybe he means Nebraska?
Principal photography on the sequel is scheduled to begin in July. The director / D.P. combo of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins — who previously worked together on Sicario and Prisoners — will be reuniting for the sequel. Deakins even earned a “Best Cinematography” Oscar nomination for Sicario.
Now, about that Witness sequel…