It’s so easy to get cynical about all the reboots, remakes, and lega-sequels that have been dominating the multiplexes in recent years. Every so often, one stunning work that takes everyone by surprise, like Mad Max: Fury Road. I understand if anyone has an intense feeling of cynicism in hearing that a sequel to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner is getting a sequel 35 years later. However, there’s an important caveat to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 — it’s directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is quickly becoming one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, and shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins.
The blessing of Ridley Scott, who is also an executive producer, is secondary. The same is true of the return of Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos. The addition of Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner is enticing. And the headlining cast is joined by Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.
But it’s not the movie stars that bring the appeal to this sequel. It’s the combo of Villeneuve and Deakins. Today brings us a new featurette exploring the world of Blade Runner 2049, and it wisely stays away from plot details and focuses on the stunning visuals crafted by the director and his legendary cinematographer, as well as the enduring legacy of the first film. There are still many questions left unanswered about Blade Runner 2049, and I’m grateful that the mystery has been retained in early marketing materials.
Answers will be scarce until Blade Runner 2049 lands in theaters on October 6, 2017.
The official synopsis for Blade Runner 2049:
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.