Back in 1982, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner reached theaters and was hailed by many for its view of the future. Thirty-five years later, about fifteen years after talk of a sequel first began, it’s finally here in the form of Blade Runner 2049. Or, more accurately at this point, its trailer.
The original stars Harrison Ford as Blade Runner Rick Deckard of the Los Angeles Police Department, tasked with hunting down and “retiring” androids that look just like humans who have escaped from off-world colonies and come to Earth. The new film takes place a couple of decades later, with Ryan Gosling as Blade Runner Officer K. It’s K who discovers, as the studio describes it, “a dark secret that might bring an end to humanity. K’s discovery leads him to find Rick Deckard, a former Blade Runner who disappeared 30 years ago.”
Director Denis Villeneuve, who most recently directed Arrival, admits that there was definitely pressure connected with taking on the sequel to the Ridley Scott classic.
“I feel [the pressure] every day,” Villeneuve related to Variety. “At the same time, I’ve never been that inspired and excited. I love risk. All of my projects have come with a certain amount of artistic risk, or sometimes a risk of how you portray reality. I did a movie once about a school massacre and I had a huge responsibility to the victims of those events. I did a movie about a conflict in Lebanon, so there again, you have a strong responsibility to reality. When I did Sicario, I felt responsible to how I would portray the Mexican society there. So I’m used to pressure. For Blade Runner, it’s artistic pressure, and by far the biggest ever.”
Ridley Scott serves as executive producer. The script is written by Hampton Fancher, who also adapted the original from the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sleep?; and Michael Green, currently an executive producer on the Starz series American Gods.
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