BLADE RUNNER 2 Arrives In 2018

And yes: Harrison Ford is back.

It's as official as these things get: Blade Runner 2 is happening, Harrison Ford is returning as Rick Deckard, and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve will direct.

And as of today, we've even got a release date: January 12th, 2018.

That's a long way away, which gives us plenty of time to speculate on what this sequel will entail. Further details are pretty scarce, but we do know that Ryan Gosling's joining Ford this time around, and that the script will be based on an original story by Ridley Scott (who, unless I'm mistaken, is also onboard to executive produce after briefly flirting with directing the thing). 

How do I feel about Blade Runner 2? In general, I'm cool with it, largely because I'm so curious. This is a sequel that absolutely does not need to exist, so what are they after? Did Ridley Scott come up with a narrative angle that's legitimately worth exploring, or is this just a cash-grab, designed to trade on the icon status of both Ford and the original? Cynicism would lead me to suspect the latter, but I'll admit that the former isn't impossible.

And if you wanna get into some real Real Talk? The fact that Villeneuve's onboard makes me infinitely more hopeful about a Blade Runner sequel than I might be if some other chump were directing. I love, love, love Villeneuve. Where my Enemy fans at?

But that's just me. Where do you guys stand on all this?