Blade Runner Sequel Coming Sooner Than Expected

The long-awaited sequel shifts from January 2018 to October 2017.

The wait for the Blade Runner sequel just got a little shorter.

It was announced this week that the movie will come to theaters in October 2017, three months earlier than its previous January 2018 release window. More specifically, the film will arrive on October 6, 2017, Variety reported.

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If that date sounds familiar, it's because it was the release date for the new Jungle Book movie from Andy Serkis and Warner Bros. before it shifted to October 2018.

The new Blade Runner film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, while Robin Wright and Dave Bautista will also appear in the movie. It's being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) from a script written by original Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant, Smallville).

Roger Deakins, a cinematography legend who received Oscar nominations for The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, among others, is also working on the film. Production is scheduled to begin in July.

1982's Blade Runner was based on Philip K. Dick's 1968 dystopian novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? There is no word yet on what the story will be for the sequel, but the movie, produced by original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, will take place "several decades" after the events of the first one.

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