It’s funny how time catches up with films from the past that took a look into the future. The original Blade Runner released 34 years ago back in 1982 and was set in 2019, a mere three years from now. In 2017, its sequel, Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters giving fans an additional 32 years until they’ll have to create a third film. The first teaser has released, providing a sense of tone audiences can expect to find with director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival; Prisoners; Sicario) at the helm instead of Ridley Scott (Blade Runner; Alien; Gladiator).
Villeneuve’s Arrival is a visual masterpiece full of suspense and calculated tension. Anyone fans of Blade Runner who have seen his filmography can easily understand why he might be the guy who can bring one of the most beloved neo-noir sci-fi stories back into the forefront of cinema.
The first trailer doesn’t provide much too much in detail what we can expect, but it sure packs that Villeneuve style. We catch glimpses of Ryan Gosling heading toward an abandoned building through the orange glow of some kind of wasteland. He enters the building in search of Harrison Ford who appears very briefly at the end.
His appearance in Blade Runner 2049 could shake the very fabric of the original’s great unanswered debate: whether or not Ryan Deckard (Ford) is a replicant or not. If he is, how could he age? Replicants have a short life-span, so does this mean he’s not a replicant? Or perhaps he’s a special kind of replicant the Tyrell Corporation was able to perfect? With Ridley Scott on board as executive producer, there must be something he sees that can justify bringing Ford back.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Blade Runner 2049, courtesy of Warner Bros.:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, and Barkhad Abdi. The film is set to debut in theaters on October 6, 2017.
Source: Warner Bros.