I’m still not sure how I feel about this. A Blade Runner sequel? I mean I cut my teeth on the original (I can’t believe I have to say that now) and since then most science fiction movies have had to endure my comparisons, fairly or not, that is the case. Blade Runner really got me – the gritty world that replicant hunter Rick Deckard prowled through crushed my childlike notions of a Utopian future.
Well all I can say is director Denis Villeneuve has his work cut out for him, but he has already proven himself very capable with the incredible Sicario, Prisoners and Enemy. What he doesn’t have to worry about is the caliber of his lead actors, which has now been officially confirmed to be a returning Harrison Ford alongside Ryan Gosling. The script was penned by Hampton Fancher (who penned the original 1982 Blade Runner) and Michael Green (umm… The Green Lantern) so we have at least a 50% chance of seeing something awesome and a 50% chance… No, I can’t even think about that!
And the movie is a lot closer than we might think, as it has now been reported by Empire that filming on the production will begin in July, a fact that was only found in a report from Sony securing its International distribution rights.
Thus far we know very little of the story, but we do know that it will be set a few decades after the future events of the first film. To me that means Deckard isn’t a replicant – I mean, do they age like that? I always liked the idea that he was. Maybe he downloads himself into Gosling in a bid to stay alive? Probably not (mind you, the connection to the failed Green Lantern is strong).
Last Updated: January 28, 2016