Los Angeles: "Blade Runner" sequel is officially happening, 35 years after it was released. The untitled project will start filming in July with Harrison Ford joining the cast, reported Aceshowbiz.
Ford, 73, will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the upcoming movie. "Sicario" helmer Denis Villeneuve will be directing the film.
Co-writer of the original, Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have written the new screenplay. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion original film.
"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. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce," the release read.
Released in 1982, "Blade Runner" was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
The story revolved around retired member of a police officer corps called blade runners who hunt down replicants on Earth. The film was directed by Ridley Scott.