Well, it's finally happening. Production on Blade Runner 2 is now scheduled for begin in July of this year, and Sony Pictures has acquired the distribution rights for everywhere but the US and Canada. Warner Bros will release the picture in North America.
Over the past year or two there's been no shortage of talk about a sequel to Blade Runner. At one stage it looked as if Ridley Scott would return to direct it, too. However, the movie is pressing ahead with Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) behind the camera. Ryan Gosling is set to star, alongside Harrison Ford who will be returning as Deckard.
The script for this one has been penned by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (from an idea by Fancher and Scott), and Blade Runner 2 -- as it probably won't be called -- will be set decades after the first film.
We suspect the very earliest we'd get to see Blade Runner 2 would be at the end of 2017, possibly in October or November of that year to give it a jump on the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII.