Alcon Entertainment has just announced the date that they will release their Blade Runner sequel – January 12, 2018. The date for the Denis Villeneuve directed, Ridley Scott produced science-fiction noir film places it on Martin Luther king Jr. Day weekend.
As of now, the only other film that is scheduled for release that same weekend is the Paramount animated sequel Sherlock Gnomes, so it doesn’t look as if the two will be in any sort of competition for audience. It also places the premier of the film a year before the futuristic 2019 setting of the origin Blade Runner.
Shooting of the film is scheduled to start this coming July. The only cast we know about right now is Ryan Gosling and the original film’s star Harrison Ford, so expect more announcements to come over the next six months.
The film, which will be set decades after the events of the original 1982 classic, is being written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and is based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Fancher is the one who wrote the initial drafts of Blade Runner, adapting the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.