• Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982). (Blade Runner)Source: Blade Runner
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Ford said the script for the long-awaited sequel is the "best thing he's ever read".

27 Feb 2015 - 4:34 PM  UPDATED 27 Feb 2015 - 4:39 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct Harrison Ford in the "Blade Runner" sequel for Alcon Entertainment.

The announcement was made on Thursday.

Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, the "Blade Runner" sequel will take place several decades after the 1982 original.

Ford recently said the second instalment's script was the "best thing he's ever read." He will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film, which originally took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.

Further plot details are known.

Ridley Scott will produce the sci-fi thriller alongside Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

"We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on 'Prisoners,'" Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement. "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."

[ Watch trailer/read review of Prisoners ]

Villeneuve was Oscar nominated for directing "Incendies." He most recently helmed Jake Gyllenhaal in "Enemy."

His next film "Sicario" stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro. It opens in the U.S on Sept. 18.

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