The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples, based on Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” Story details are not being revealed.
Scott will executive produce along with Thunderbird Films CEOs Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, as well as Bill Carraro. Cinematographer Roger Deakin will reunite with Villeneuve on the project after working together on “Sicario” and “Prisoners.”
Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories.
The original “Blade Runner” film starred Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos. The film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in which genetically-engineered human replicants are created by a powerful corporation. Replicants are not permitted on Earth, and those replicants who deny the ban are hunted by police operatives called “Blade Runners.”
Following the film’s release, it won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, and although it underperformed at the box office, it became a cult hit.