Blade Runner 2049 is set to arrive in theaters on October 6, 2017.
The original Blade Runner is an undisputed sci-fi classic, and, despite its differences from the Phillip K. Dick story, one of, if not the best PKD adaptations. And there’s been talk of a sequel as far back as 1999, though it didn’t really start to get serious until around 2011 when Ridley Scott announced he’d be directing the sequel. Rumors abounded about whether Harrison Ford would be back or not, and in November 2014, Scott confirmed he would, though he would be playing a smaller, third act role. Scott also announced he was not going to direct the sequel, though he would still produce. Finally, in February 2015, the sequel was officially confirmed, with Denis Villeneuve at the helm
In addition to the return of Ford, Hampton Fancher, one of the two writers who adapted the original, was onboard to script the sequel along with Michael Green, who had extensive TV writing experience, including creating Kings and co-showrunning the upcoming American Gods TV series. And then Roger Deakins joined the crew as the cinematographer and suddenly, the Blade Runner sequel was starting to look very, very interesting to sci-fi fans everywhere.
And though originally the movie was slated for January 2018, Warner Bros. revealed back in October that the movie would be called Blade Runner 2049, and we’d be getting it a few months sooner, on October 6, 2017.
And now, the first trailer is here, and though it doesn’t reveal much (or perhaps because it doesn’t), it’s definitely a great first step for the sequel.
The First Blade Runner 2049 Teaser Trailer
It’s a ‘teaser’ style of trailer, but I much prefer it to the more common ‘let’s show you the whole movie in two minutes’ style trailer that has become so much more prevalent. Now, there’s room for them to go that route with future trailers, but I think they should work hard to preserve the mystery. Ryan Gosling, doing the same job Harrison Ford’s Deckard did from the original movie, and some kick-ass set design. So far, so good. If what Scott said about Ford’s role being smaller and primarily third act, then most of what we’re seeing is from later in the movie.
October next year can’t get here fast enough.
Update: 9-1-16 Denis Villeneuve Shares Details on Arrival, Blade Runner Sequel
Denis Villeneuve, known for intense and weighty films such as Prisoners and Sicario, has made a recent transition into the world of science fiction. His latest movie, Arrival, which follows a linguist who tries to figure out how to communicate with recently arrived aliens and what they want before war breaks out, has just debuted at the Venice film festival. However, Villeneuve wasn’t in Venice for the debut, but was instead on set in Hungary, shooting the Blade Runner sequel [Click here to read more…]
Update 8-18-16 Jared Leto Pumps Up the Star Power of Blade Runner 2 Cast
No, this is not a Joke. Jared Leto, seen most recently as the Clown Prince of Crime in the Suicide Squad, has joined the Blade Runner 2 cast, just before the film is scheduled to go into production. According to Deadline, as is the case with most of the Blade Runner 2 casting announcements, there aren’t really any additional details regarding Leto’s role in the film, which is a direct sequel to the original Blade Runner. Leto joins a cast already packed with star power that includes [Click here to read more…]
UPDATE: 4-7-16 Dave Bautista Joins Cast of Blade Runner 2
Apparently, Dave Bautista, wrestler-gone-acting, has caught the eye of casting directors as he was chosen to play an important supporting role in the upcoming movie Blade Runner 2. Last week he teased his fans about joining the sequel to one of the best and most important cyberpunk movies ever. However, it turns out that it wasn’t just a prank – he has indeed been chosen to play a role in the movie. Although we don’t know much about the movie [Click here to read more…]
Original Post: The Blade Runner Sequel Gets a Release Date
Blade Runner, a cult classic movie, will finally get a sequel, thirty-four years after its release. Alcon Entertainment will be collaborating with Sony Entertainment and Warner Bros on the Blade Runner sequel.
This sequel will not be directed by Ridley Scott, the director of the first movie, and will instead be passing the directing duties off to Denis Villeneuve, known for the critically acclaimed 2015 crime thriller Sicario … [Click here to read more…]
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