The prospect of a 35-years later sequel to Blade Runner, one of the greatest films of all-time, didn’t exactly fill me with much excitement.
But then they announced Ridley Scott was an Executive Producer. They announced that Denis Villeneuve was the Director and Roger Deakins was the Cinematographer. They announced that Harrison Ford was returning to the role of Rick Deckard and Ryan Gosling was going to be playing the new lead. There really wasn’t much more they could do to change my mind and get me excited about the prospect of a Blade Runner sequel.
Then they dropped this teaser:
The synopsis for the film, released by Alcon Entertainment, is:
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.
This short teaser got me so excited for the film I’m pretty sure I’m going to avoid any further trailers and just go in as blind as possible. As much as I was worried about a sequel to Blade Runner I also had some doubts about Villeneuve working on a film like this. His track record is so solid and unique that I was worried his personality would get lost in the noise of a major sci-fi production. Based on the atmospheric teaser — and the fact that he has the always-reliable Deakins in tow — it looks like Villeneuve was able to bring his own person touch to the proceedings.
The teaser reminded us of the beautiful score for the original film by Vangelis, but Jóhann Jóhannsson is composing the score for Blade Runner 2049. The film has an impressive supporting cast including Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista.
Blade Runner 2049 will be in theatres on October 6, 2017.