It has been confirmed that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to sci-fi classic Blade Runner, with Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) in negotiations to direct.
Deadline.com reports that Ridley Scott, the director of the original Blade Runner, will executive produce the follow-up with a Summer 2016 start planned.
Broderick Johnson of Blade Runner franchise owners Alcon Entertainment said the upcoming film "was a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time".
"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," he said.
Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original Blade Runner screenplay with David Peoples, has written the new story with Michael Green (Heroes, Everwood). It is based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.
The story takes place a number of decades after the original film, which was adapted from the Philip K Dick book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.