Denis Villeneuve directing the follow-up…

It has been announced that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his of bounty hunter Rick Deckard in the upcoming ‘Blade Runner’ sequel, with ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Enemy’ helmer Denis Villeneuve in negotiations to direct.

The film, scheduled to start principle photography summer 2016, takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original, which was based on Philip K. Dick’s novel 1968 novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’

Ridley Scott is producing the film alongside Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Hampton Fancher, co-scribe on the renowned original, and Michael Green are providing the script.

“We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” said Johnson and Kosove. “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, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”

The 1982 cult classic is set in a future where man has created clones called replicants who are used for dangerous work. When the replicants rebel against their makers on a space colony, they are banned and hunted down. The movie centred on Rick Dekard, a retired member of a police officer corps called blade runners who hunt down replicants on Earth. Dekard is called back to duty one more time to track six clones who escape a colony and come to Los Angeles.