Decades ago in the summer of 1982, a neo-noir science fiction movie was released based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? That ground-breaking, mind-blowing film was known as Blade Runner. Despite modern movie magic and special effects, Blade Runner continues to captivate the minds of the audience and has gathering quite a following. That is why is year, when Blade Runner 2049 is set to be released, there has been quite a stirring about what to expect.
A Glimpse Into The Past (Future)
Directed by Ridley Scott, the previous film that Blade Runner 2049 is based off took place in the futuristic year of 2019. Los Angeles is a dystopian metropolis, rife with urban decay and upheaval created by the presence of androids called “replicants,” which look human and have been, for some time, able to replicate human emotion so well they may be more “human” than actual people. Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is a retired ex-cop now “Blade Runner.” Blade Runners are something like bounty hunters who track down mutinous replicants and assassinate them.
Called to duty by the brutal escape of 4 replicants from an Off World colony, Deckard is brought closer and closer to the question of what makes a person a human. He is partnered with Rachel, an android, who becomes part of the catalyst to his overall discovery. With a grim realization, Deckard completes his mission but soon goes into hiding.
The Continuation of the Blade Runner Legacy
You may have heard back in 2011 that Scott was at the lead of a new project, and he divulged that the project would not begin filming until late 2013. Sure, the talks were in motion, but the directing and planning role eventually shifted hands, as did the actors and actresses cast in certain roles. In October 2012, Ridley Scott is quoted saying, “It’s not a rumor—[the sequel] is happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6, so we don’t know how long he can live. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage.”
Obviously, if you don’t know what a Nexus-6 is, you may want to read the book or watch the original film before getting excited for the second.
Though Ridley Scott is not directing the next movie, those picking up the mantle—Denis Villeneuve as director and Hampton Fancher and Michael Green as screenwriters—are formidable movie-making masters in their own right. Scott remained in the background, producing the sequel only.
Set 30 years into the future of the events of the original, Blade Runner 2049 picks up where the story left off. What has been revealed about the story so far is this: LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) discovers a secret that could bring about the end of humanity. By piecing together clues, K is eventually lead to the whereabouts of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been in hiding.
What that secret is, why finding Deckard is important, and how these events are going to play out have been given to the anticipating crowd through trailer only. Right now, we can only make guesses about the plot line. As for the setting, Villeneuve revealed in an interview that the film will again take place in Los Angeles but the Earth’s atmosphere will have changed more. He stated that “the climate has gone berserk—the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic.” Principal filming and photography was also done in Budapest, Hungary, a far throw from Los Angeles, even presently.
How this will look in the video, one can only guesstimate.
Other details about Blade Runner 2049 that make the film’s release all the more exciting are the actors filling the secondary roles. There are names like Ana de Armas (a Cuban actress who played in War Dogs and the French film Overdrive) as Joi; Dave Batista, the wrestler; Jared Leto (lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, Suicide Squad); Mackenzie Davis (Smashed, The Martian, and Always Shine); Sylvia Hoeks; Lennie James; Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Wonder Woman); Lennie James and many others.
Another interesting element is the choice of musical composition. Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson who worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival will be making the Blade Runner 2049 score. Because the original soundtrack was such a success, Johannsson obviously has had his hands full with making a score that can rival Blade Runner’s epic music.
A Side-By-Side Comparison
Along with the release of the sequel came a side-by-side comparison by IMDb of the Ridley Scott original.
You can check it out here:
As you can see, the sequel and the original have very similar visual aspects, lending to the overall immersion of one world to the next. The background music, stunning environment, and even the actions of the characters all allude to the first Blade Runner. On closer inspection, you will notice that modern movie technology has made the dystopian atmosphere of the sequel much more vibrant. There’s more neon, more particle distribution of light, and more color shading.
Regardless, the side-by-side comparison promises one thing: that Blade Runner 2049 is going to have a visual impact on the viewers.
So how hyped are you for the sequel of Blade Runner? Judging by what has been released in the trailer and the information around the internet, the movie is sure to have a well-developed story and cinematography. Diehard fans of the original can only hope that Blade Runner 2049 propels the greatness that was Blade Runner farther, immortalizing it in the annals of science-fiction storytelling.
Blade Runner 2049 will be coming to theaters in America on October 6th, 2017.