I remain to stand tall and proud with my head held up high in claiming to anybody that Blade Runner is one of my all time favourite Science Fiction films ever made. There’s only a few of them out there in this genre that are truly influential and thought provoking. Blade Runner is definitely one of those achievements. 34 years on from its first release back in 1982, its still astonishing how it mirrors the dark, dangerous and gloomy society that we find ourselves living in today. No matter what version of the movie you watch, be it either the original theatrical release, the director’s cut in 1991 or the final cut in 2007; its just one of those rarest of movie gems where you’ll always pick up on something new with each viewing.
Below are the five main key things we already know about the upcoming sequel that really should get us all pleading with anticipation in forming a queue to see.
1. RIDLEY SCOTT IS MASTERMINDING THE SEQUEL!
Scott may not be directing this film now but he still acts as the biggest driving force behind this production by not only staying on as one of the main producers, but also contributing to the whole story of the project by penning his own screenplay for it. This is really rare as he hardly ever writes the scripts for his own movies. Furthermore, Harrison Ford has previously stated in past interviews that he will only return to reprise a popular role he’s taken on years before if the script is really good and a story worth telling to audiences. That’s really all you need to know on that front.
2. DENIS VILLENEUVE IS THE PERFECT CHOICE OF DIRECTOR!
I’ve been a fan of this director’s work for quite some time after seeing his three previous movies – Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013) and Sicario (2015) – with each one being more impressive than the last and Sicario being my number one favourite film from last year, I couldn’t have asked for a more accomplished and talented film-maker to helm the next Blade Runner film. He’s someone who likes to explore the impact that violence can have on characters in film and the power of the subconscious and who is really in control; the latter part being so relevant within the narrative of Blade Runner. Villeneuve’s films feel dark, dangerous and stuff made of nightmares, plunging lead characters into seedy and sinister underworlds where there is seemingly no chance of escape for them.
3. IT HAS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING SUPPORTING CAST OF ACTORS YET!
Ok, so if I wasn’t excited about Scott and Ford collaborating again already, the additional cast members being added along with Ford over a period of time is just as exciting. So far the growing cast list includes the likes of Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ryan Gosling (whom I will go into a little bit more detail in the minute), and Barkhad Abdi. They could be seen as either complete left field choices or just flat out brilliant pieces of casting, but whatever way you see it you can’t argue with the fact that they’ve all taken Hollywood by storm in their own unique ways. Very intrigued to see how they all fit into this and what parts they’d play, who will play a ‘blade runner’ or a ‘replicant’ or something else. Which brings me on to the next entry…
4. RYAN GOSLING WOULD MAKE A TRULY KICK-ASS REPLICANT!
It’s only since I saw the brilliant ‘Drive’ directed by Nicholas Winding Refn in 2011, that I came to take real notice of Ryan Gosling’s serious acting chops. This has led me on to having to hunt down and see many of his other movies in his growing filmography, these have included most notably Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines, Crazy Stupid Love, Only God Forgives and most recently, the hilarious The Nice Guys – a terrific throwback to 70s buddy cop movies. Clearly he has demonstrated in the last few years he has excellent range as both a comical and serious actor, proving he can do just about anything on screen. But landing a role in something like this, however significant his role may be, is just the right opportunity his rising career needs right now. I remember seeing him in Gangster Squad about three years back, the film itself not being too great, centred around four cops in 1949 Los Angeles determined to take down a ruthless mobster who has the city under his control. It may have been no more than average gangster action film fare but I remember Gosling being the best thing about that film and with Blade Runner being set up as a film noir detective story set against the backdrop of a near futuristic dark and weary Los Angeles, this movie couldn’t be more perfect for him. I don’t know why but I can see him in my mind’s eye as a seriously cool, bad ass replicant instead of a blade runner hunting them down and ‘retiring’ them. Either way, he was born to be in a sci-fi film like this one.
5. RELEASE DATE BEING PUSHED BACK BY THREE MONTHS. HAPPY DAYS!
Previously announced as being released in January 2018 back in February earlier this year, it had then been re-announced in April that the release date has now been bought forward three months to October 2017. With Villeneuve starting principal photography for it this month, we can only assume that everything is going full steam ahead and we have nothing to worry about. Villeneuve hasn’t let us down so far and I’m absolutely positive he won’t this time. A large majority of us had faith in JJ Abrams that he would fully satisfy our anticipations with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and for the most part he kept to that promise, so there’s no reason the same wouldn’t apply here. And hey, if Ridley Scott feels we’re in safe hands with Villeneuve, then we should be too. I’m just looking forward most of all to how he will address the mystery concerning Deckard being a replicant or not.
The movie has a set U.S release date of 6th October 2017. There is no word yet of when it will be released in the UK. No details of the plot have been revealed yet either but what we do know is its written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and based on a story written by both Fancher and Ridley Scott, that is set several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original film. (Sourced by: comingsoon.net)