This one was a surprise. We didn’t expect to see the first full trailer for Bladerunner 2049 so soon, but here it is.
There are some wild scenarios set up in this trailer, which does show Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling is a new bladerunner. He hunts down Deckard in what’s left of a massively declined post-apocalyptic world. They are not necessarily on the best of terms, which makes sense, given that anybody could be a lethal enemy under those conditions. We get to see some pretty wild stuff, including the birth of a replicant – though the world is so stylized that it’s sometimes hard to see the “science” aspect of the science fiction from a visual standpoint. This is more sociological science fiction, and it’s that head space where the story lives.
Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Bladerunner had the fans yearning for a sequel for years, but initially director Denis Villeneuve was hesitant to take on such an iconic property: “It’s more than nervous, it’s a deep fear. I mean when I heard that Ridley Scott wanted to do another movie in the Blade Runner universe, at first my reaction was that it’s a fantastic idea, but it may be a very bad idea. I’m among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner (1982). It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema. I’m coming from a small town in Quebec where, at that time, there was no internet and the way to be in contact with movies were those American fan magazines like Fantastic Films and Starlog and I still remember the shock, the impact of seeing the first frames, the first pictures coming out of Blade Runner. Me and my friends were in awe, so excited and the movie was such a strong cinematic experience. A new way of seeing sci-fi.”
The original novel, written by Phillip K. Dick and published in 1968, bore that title and formed the basis of the Ridley Scott masterpiece we know now as Bladerunner. The 1982 film starred Harrison Ford , Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It was one of the few films where the director’s cut was actually markedly better than the original release version. The sequel stars Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis, and Sylvia Hoeks, and will hit theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
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