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Now that he’s been booked to helm a Blade Runner sequel that may star Ryan Gosling along with Harrison Ford, it’s fair to say that Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve has officially arrived. But the French-Canadian auteur has really been stunning critics ever since his Oscar-nominated breakout Incendies back in 2010, and the general public is just a little late to the party. Before he heads into blockbuster territory for that sequel, though, Villeneuve will unveil a smaller but also exciting project: drug trafficking thriller Sicario.
Lionsgate just unveiled the first official image from the film, which stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Victor Garber. Honestly, that cast alone would be enough to get most cinephiles in line for a ticket, but what’s really exciting about Sicario (other than that it’s that rare actioner that’s led by a strong female character, a »
- Isaac Feldberg
While some filmmakers only find out the night before, Cannes Film Festival’s Thierry Frémaux informed Denis Villeneuve that he’d be part of the Main Comp mix almost three weeks back. Having been on the Croisette before with his debut film Un 32 août sur Terrre (Un Certain Regard), and the Directors’ Fortnight was home for his epic short Next Floor and sobering Polytechnique, the Quebecois helmer saw his critically lauded Incendies and Enemy receive a pass from the fest, but it was this work that ultimately convinced backers with deep pockets to have the auteur filmmaker move onto large-scale productions (Prisoners, Story of Us, the Blade Runner sequel), and in turn Sicario is now among the hopefuls for the Palme d’Or.
The film’s Canadian distributor Entertainment One hosted a press conference the morning of the Cannes announcement and we learned that the filmmaker (who is one degree »
- Eric Lavallee
In 1989, a young man killed fourteen women at Montreal’s Polytechnique school of engineering with a Mini-14 semi-automatic carbine. In 2009’s Polytechnique, the tragedy is fictionalized in deep focus black and white that clarifies every bullet hole. There is the placid face of the young man pausing to reload his carbine. And you, the onlooker, plead at the screen the way you would for the victim of some slasher villain, “For god’s sake, somebody do something. Get him while he reloads!” We know this narrative, the angry predator, the innocent victims. It typically serves a romantic purpose, allowing the half formed young individual to reach definition through heroism and self-sacrifice. But here the square jawed young man is directionless in the face of chaos. He wanders through the hallways with no plan. He saves no one. Even the female survivor, in a subversion of “final girl” hood, discovers only »
- Adam Hofbauer
Denis Villeneuve is on fire after 2010's Incendies followed by Prisoners and Enemy. Now he has Sicario coming later this year with an already impressive cast that includes the likes of Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, and to go with that he's attached to direct the Untitled Blade Runner Project, but it appears before he heads to the world of Blade Runner he has a project lined up for mid-June with Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams set to star. The film is Story of Your Life, an adaptation of the short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang. The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world, and an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. amz asin="1931520720" size="small"As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid »
- Brad Brevet
The Paramount pic, an adaptation of Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang’s short story, takes place in a world reeling from the sudden arrival of alien crafts around the world. As world leaders grapple with the new species, an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether the aliens come in peace or pose a grave threat to humanity. As she slowly learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins to experience intense flashbacks, which could hold the key to figuring out what the aliens want from Earth.
Renner will take on the supporting role of a physics professor who joins the linguist in her quest to understand the extraterrestrial visitors.
- Isaac Feldberg
Yesterday was a good day for the internet. The headlines were full of loose llama news, debates over the color of a dress and then just when you thought it couldn't get any more interesting, it was announced that a director had been hired for the Blade Runner sequel.
Ridley Scott nostalgia is having an awful good week. Back in November there were talks that a sequel to Blade Runner, Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, was in the works, but that Scott would be unable to direct due to schedule conflicts with Prometheus 2.
Now however, a replacement has been found in Denis Villeneuve, Oscar winning director of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. Variety reports that the French-Canadian director is currently in talks, but that Harrison Ford, after calling the script, “the best thing he’s ever read“, is officially on board.
Ford of course is returning to the Star Wars franchise while Villeneuve, whose crime drama Sicario is set to arrive later this year, is an unusual choice for such a franchise as he’s never really directed sci-fi, or for that matter action.
- Brian Welk
It's a good day to be a replicant: "Blade Runner," one of the most beloved and highly influential science fiction films of all time, will finally be getting its long-discussed sequel, set to shoot in the summer of 2016. And what's more - Harrison Ford will be back as futuristic private eye Rick Deckard in a story set "several decades" after the original film.
And, to add icing onto the cake, the producers have picked out probably the best filmmaker for this material not named Ridley Scott (and depending on your thoughts on Scott's return to the "Alien" franchise, "Prometheus," this could be a better choice) - "Prisoners" filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. In short: this movie is going to be awesome.
- Drew Taylor
Regardless of whether he liked the first film or not, something in Harrison Ford’s programming has swayed him to sign up for the long discussed Blade Runner 2, following an official statement from the studio (via Deadline). Not only that but the films original director, Ridley Scott, has stayed true to his word and will be keeping well away from the filmmaking throne, leaving space for Denis Villeneuve, who is in now in talks to helm the project.
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film. The first took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles, but the setting for the sequel is unknown beyond it taking place several decades later.
Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have penned the script which Ford recently called the best thing he's ever read. Ridley Scott, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce and filming is slated to begin next Summer.
Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement: "We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on ‘Prisoners'. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, »
- Garth Franklin
As of last fall, we learned that Blade Runner 2 was still very much in the works, but it looked like Ridley Scott would not be at the helm. And now that's been confirmed as a press release from Alcon Entertainment has announced that Prisoners, Enemy and Incendies director Denis Villeneuve is now in talks to be at the helm of the sequel that is aiming to being shooting in the summer of 2016. The script is still coming from Hampton Fincher, co-writer of the original Blade Runner, with Green Lantern writer Michael Green also having a hand in the screenplay. Details are scarce, but the story unfolds "several decades" after the original. Alcon's co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said: “We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, »
- Ethan Anderton
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- Christopher Campbell
After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:
Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the »
- Jonathan James
Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.
The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most »
- Matt Joseph
According to the report over at THR Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's sequel to the popular 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi film Blade Runner. French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, director of popular titles Prisoners, Enemy, and Incendies, is in talks to direct. His latest film, Sicario, a crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro, is in post production.The sequel will take place many decades after the first film. The screenplay was written by the original film's scribe Hampton Fancher along with Michael Green. The screenplay is reportedly based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. There are no details about the plot at this time and I do not imagine we will be getting too much detail when...
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- Peter Sciretta
The announcement was made on Thursday.
Ford recently said the second installment’s script was the “best thing he’s ever read.” He will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film, which originally took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.
Further plot details are known.
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on ‘Prisoners,'” Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one »
- Variety Staff
It has been a slow build to the "Blade Runner" sequel. As recently as December, Ridley Scott wasn't sure if he was going to return to helm the followup to his science fiction masterpiece. Although we know now that he isn't going to direct the sequel, we couldn't be happier with his replacement. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Oscar-nominee Denis Villeneuve —whose excellent resumé includes "Incendies," "Prisoners," and "Enemy"— will direct the sequel. Furthermore, Harrison Ford is officially confirmed to return, reprising his role as Deckard. And while story details are scare, a press release reveals that the followup will take place several decades after the events of the first film. At one time, Scott tossed around the idea that the worlds of "Blade Runner" and "Alien" might be connected —which is a pretty terrible idea that we hope screenwriters Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The idea of a Blade Runner sequel just got a hell of a lot more interesting. Alcon Entertainment, the studio producing the sc-fi followup, announced via press release that director Denis Villeneuve -- known for the Oscar-nominated war drama Incendies and tantalizing thrillers Prisoners and Enemy -- is currently in talks to direct the film from a script by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green ("Heroes"). The screenplay is based on an idea by Fancher, who co-wrote Blade Runner with David Peoples, and Ridley Scott, who directed the original and will executive produce the sequel. In addition, Harrison Ford will reprise his role from the original film as Rick Deckard, a cop who specializes in terminating human clones called replicants. Up until about an hour ago, the idea of a Blade Runner sequel did pretty much nothing for me, but with Villeneuve in negotiations to take over the director's chair, »
- Jordan Benesh
Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner, with Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros., is aboard to executive produce.The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson had to say in a statement.
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