Hold on tight people, because Blade Runner is about to get a sequel. The 1982 “neo-noir” science fiction film was one of the most groundbreaking pieces of cinema ever to be produced. There is something about the atmosphere of this movie that entranced people, and it developed a massive cult following. So when a sequel was announced, fans everywhere were giddy with excitement. Now, as we move into 2017, the release is just around the corner. More and more rumors keep surfacing about this film, and these rumors spark fires of speculation all over the Internet. We live in a world of crappy sequels and reboots, but could this be one film that actually lives up to its predecessor?
Many people hope that it will. Some fans have said that a sequel is a terrible idea, and it’s best to leave the original masterpiece as a standalone film. They have a point. With a film like Blade Runner, how can you possibly hope to live up to its reputation? The short answer is that you can’t. But the fact is that even if the film was half as good as the original, it would still be worth seeing. And a lot of information coming out about the film suggests that this movie might actually be pretty awesome. First of all, you have Ryan Gosling playing the lead character of “Officer K,” a Blade Runner who is on the search for Rick Deckard. This also leads to the next piece of awesome information: Harrison Ford will return in the sequel. With two actors of such high caliber, it’s hard to imagine how this could turn out to be a bad movie. This goes without saying, but before you read any further, know that this article contains spoilers.
15. One Of The Replicants Will Be Making A Return
One of the newest and most interesting rumors about Blade Runner: 2049 is that Harrison Ford isn’t the only one who will be returning. Recently, information was leaked that suggests one of the replicants from the original film will be making a reappearance in the sequel. If you’ve never watched the original, or you’re a little rusty on the plotline, replicants are synthetic humans, or robots. They look identical to real humans, and some even believe they are human. Rogue replicants are hunted down and killed by special officers called “Blade Runners.” So which replicant will make the return? There are four main replicants in the original film: Roy Batty (played by Rutget Hauer), Zhora Salome (Joanna Cassidy), Leon Kowalski (Brion James), and Pris Stratton (Daryl Hannah).
As to which one will make the rumored return, no one knows. It might even be one of the other replicants from the original film who had less screen time. What’s certain, however, is that CGI will have to be used to “bring them back to life.” You see, replicants don’t age, so for it to make sense the actor would have to look exactly like he or she did in 1982. It has been theorized that the film will utilize a similar technique to the one used in the newer Star Wars movies to make Carrie Fisher look young again.
14. Ana De Armas Will Play A Major Role
Fans of the undeniably gorgeous actress Ana De Armas will be delighted to hear that the young starlet will be playing a major role in Blade Runner: 2049. Judging by some of the publicity shots released, it looks like she will be playing the lead female role, and she could very well be the romantic love interest for Ryan Gosling’s character. Some people have been quick to suggest that she might be a replicant, something that would make sense considering her near-perfect good looks. But whatever role she plays, it’s awesome that she’s going to be making an appearance in this film, and she will definitely make it worth seeing. Her inclusion doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering she has worked with director Denis Villeneuve before. Previously, she appeared in Villeneuve’s hit film Sicario, and it seems she made a good impression with the acclaimed director. She has also appeared in many other films, such as War Dogs, which was released in 2016.
13. Rick Deckard Has Been Hiding Out In Las Vegas
Fans breathed a deep sigh of relief when they found out that Harrison Ford was returning. Even if he’s not playing the lead role, he’s sure to bring some of the same vibe that made the original movie so good. Not only did we find out that Harrison Ford would be returning, but we were also treated to some information about what Rick Deckard, Ford’s character, has been up to all this time. Apparently, he’s been hiding out in Las Vegas for the 30 years between the first movie and the sequel. Why is he on the run? That we don’t know. What we do know, however, is that Las Vegas has become a wasteland. In one of the trailers, Ryan Gosling’s character is seen walking through a barren desert, presumably on his way to confront Rick Deckard. Judging by the sparse information, it seems as though no one lives in Las Vegas anymore.
12. The Movie Will Answer The Question Of Whether Or Not Deckard Is Human
One of the most compelling things about the original movie was the mystery surrounding Rick Deckard’s identity. Is he or is he not a replicant? The original cut of the movie leaves that question unanswered, while a later cut seems to suggest that Rick Deckard is undeniably a replicant, and in no way human. Ford himself has always been of the opinion that Deckard is human, but he revealed that the answer to whether or not Deckard is human is answered in Blade Runner: 2049, saying, “I’m happy to censor myself on this one. I can tell you that it was a question that was of interest to me when we made the first film, and I’m not sure I ever got a straight answer from the people I was working with at that point. I think the answer to your question is worth the price of admission.”
However, Ridley Scott has always been of the opinion that Deckard is a replicant, even revealing he is a Nexus-7 model. Speaking about Deckard, he revealed that even the original theatrical cut of Blade Runner reveals he is a replicant. In an interview with Wired Magazine, Ridley Scott was told, “It was never on paper that Deckard is a replicant.” To which he replied:
“It was, actually. That’s the whole point of Gaff, the guy who makes origami and leaves little matchstick figures around. He doesn’t like Deckard, and we don’t really know why. If you take for granted for a moment that, let’s say, Deckard is a Nexus 7, he probably has an unknown life span and therefore is starting to get awfully human. Gaff, at the very end, leaves an origami, which is a piece of silver paper you might find in a cigarette packet, and it’s a unicorn. Now, the unicorn in Deckard’s daydream tells me that Deckard wouldn’t normally talk about such a thing to anyone. If Gaff knew about that, it’s Gaff’s message to say, “I’ve read your file, mate.” That relates to Deckard’s first speech to Rachael when he says, “That’s not your imagination, that’s Tyrell’s niece’s daydream.” And he describes a little spider on a bush outside the window. The spider is an implanted piece of imagination. And therefore Deckard, too, has imagination and even history implanted in his head.”
11. It Will Be Directed By Denis Villeneuve
When it became known that Ridley Scott was not going to be directing the sequel, doubts immediately began to surface. How could Blade Runner: 2049 live up to its predecessor without the iconic science fiction director of the original? But people’s worries were calmed when it was revealed the Denis Villeneuve would be directing the sequel. While some die-hard fans are still disappointed that Scott will not take the helm with this film, I for one am actually pretty excited. I’m a huge fan of Villeneuve’s work, and films like Sicario show that the filmmaker is more than capable of creating gritty, dark movies. And he’s not taking on this project lightly. He knows full well how hard it will be, and calls it his “greatest artistic challenge” so far in his career. He also admits he has no chance of living up to the previous film’s potential. At least he knows that it’s impossible to beat a masterpiece like Blade Runner. To me, that kind of modesty is a good sign, and it shows that he respects the Blade Runner universe he’s stepping into. Speaking about the film, he said that, “It’s the first time that I had to take the universe of someone else and to make it my own.”
10. There Could Be A Video Game Accompanying The Release
How cool would a Blade Runner video game be? That’s what gamers have been wondering ever since the original Blade Runner came out, and now they might finally get an answer. There are unconfirmed rumors that a video game will be released at the same time as Blade Runner: 2049. There was actually a Blade Runner video game released back in 1997, although that was poorly received and scored a rating of around six out of ten. But imagine a video game with today’s graphics… It would be incredible. I picture it playing like Fallout 4, but that’s just me. It’s best not to get one’s hopes up though, as video games based on movies have a history of being terrible. The Transformers games and Harry Potter games come to mind. However, the Mad Max video game that was released alongside Fury Road was actually pretty good, so you never know.
9. There Could Be Even More Blade Runner Films
Another potentially awesome tidbit of information about the new Blade Runner movie is that it could lead to more than one sequel. I say “potentially awesome” because this all depends on whether or not Blade Runner: 2049 is actually any good. If it leaves us dying for more Blade Runner action, then hell yeah I want a sequel. On the other hand, if it’s a total bomb, and it’s obvious that they’re just milking the success of the original for more money, then no, that would not be awesome, in fact it would be terrible. We’ve seen it happen before with Star Wars, and we don’t want to experience that again. But the possibility of additional Blade Runner movies comes straight out of Denis Villeneuve’s mouth, as he admitted, “I’m doomed, I love sci-fi. I have two more ideas now that I would love to do. [And] Blade Runner could go on… we’ll see how this one goes.”
8. It’s Going To Be Rated R
An undeniably awesome rumor that was just recently confirmed is that the film is going to be rated R. Why is this awesome? Because we get to see unfiltered, unrestrained, and relentless violence, blood, and gore. If you don’t think that’s awesome, then you need to look up the word’s definition in the dictionary. In fact, it’s going to be the most expensive R-rated independent film ever made. That’s what Villeneuve joked about in a recent interview, saying, “My producers are finding it fun to remind me that it will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made.” While it’s true that ratings have a history of changing before the film hits theaters, this rumor has further weight when you look at Villeneuve’s past films. All of them except for one were rated R. Some unconfirmed sources have speculated that the reason for this has something to do with the box-office success of 2016’s Deadpool. In any case, the fact that it has a “R” rating means that it’s not going to be one of those sequels that tries to appeal to a wider, younger audience. I’m looking at you, Star Wars.
7. Dave Bautista Is Part Of The Cast
If you needed any more confirmation that this film is going to be awesome, you need look no further. The man who pretty much embodies the word “awesome,” Dave Bautista, is going to be part of this movie. He revealed his casting on Instagram when he posted a picture of an origami unicorn, and we all know the significance of that in relation to Blade Runner. Although he kept tight-lipped about his casting, his place on board the film was later confirmed. The role he will play, however, is a complete mystery. The word is that it won’t be a small role, however, as the announcement came with the note that he would play an “important supporting role.” In the last few years, Bautista has had great success in the film industry, landing roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy and in the Riddick series. He definitely fits in with the sci-fi genre, and it’s great to see that he’s a part of this film.
6. Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins Is On Board
There are those who are still worried that the sequel won’t “feel” like the original. While this may very well be true, especially in today’s world of CGI, I’ve got great news for you. Roger Deakins, the man behind stunningly beautiful cinematography for a wide range of films, will be working on Blade Runner: 2049. While some will be disappointed about the fact that Ridley Scott will not be directing, Roger Deakins’ inclusion is pretty much the next best thing. If he can somewhat recreate the wonderful and enticing universe of Blade Runner, then we’ll be all set and this movie is guaranteed to be worth the ticket price. While Deakins himself believes that recreating the original vibe of Blade Runner will be impossible, we at least know that a master has taken up the job, and there really is no one better suited for it. He has worked on films like No Country For Old Men, and The Shawshank Redemption, proving he is truly a pro at what he does. He has been nominated for a whopping 12 Academy Awards.
5. Earth’s Climate Has Gone “Berserk”
One of the most interesting and compelling things about this re-imagined Blade Runner universe is its climate. According to director Villeneuve, “The climate has gone berserk. The ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic.” So expect to see a very snowy dystopian future, at least in some scenes. This makes the director’s decision to shoot primarily in Budapest, Hungary, make total sense. But we also have to remember Rick Deckard, hiding out in a barren Las Vegas. It seems like this future is one of environmental extremes, where it’s a scorching hot desert in one side of America and a complete blizzard on the other. It will be interesting to see how the environment impacts the storyline. Las Vegas seems to be completely devoid of human life, but the trailer doesn’t suggest why. No doubt that question will be answered in the movie, but one would assume it has something to do with the increasing temperature. There is also mention of a dark mystery that affects all of mankind, and that could also have something to do with the “berserk” weather.
4. Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling In The Face During Filming (And Other On-Set Hijinks)
There were a lot of crazy things that happened on the set of Blade Runner: 2049. Every movie set has its share of pranksters and hijinks, but this one happened completely by accident. They were filming a fight scene, and Harrison Ford accidentally punched Ryan Gosling in the face. But that wasn’t the funny part, as Ryan Gosling revealed, “But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice.”
Later, Ryan Gosling said that this interaction with his childhood hero was “a rite of passage.” Gosling later said that Ford apologized in his own special way: “He came by afterward with this bottle of scotch, and I thought, ‘Oh, I knew this was coming.’ And he pulled out a glass from his pocket, poured me a glass, and walked away with the rest of the bottle. So I guess he felt like he didn’t connect enough to earn a whole bottle.” In addition, it was revealed that the two actors had to share a hot tub to stay warm during the freezing cold filming in Budapest!
3. Ridley Scott Will Control The Final Cut
Although Ridley Scott will not be directing, he will be playing a vital role. For one, he’s the producer, a position that affords him a lot of creative control over the project. But his second role is more important, and it’s great news for those who worry about the film’s final appearance: Ridley Scott will control the final cut of Blade Runner: 2049. As any good filmmaker will tell you, editing is everything. It can be the difference between a good film and a bad film, and you can even turn a bad actor into a good one with careful editing. For those who think he’s just throwing his masterpiece into the hands of another director, think again, because this director is extremely protective over the final product of Blade Runner: 2049.
Speaking about this decision, Scott said that “I always have final cut on everything, really. Partly because I’m very user-friendly. I always believe when you’re given X amount of money by someone to f–k around with and make a movie, you can’t draw lines in the sand. If I was an investor and you did that to me, I’d remove your ankles. So don’t do the auteur sh–t. I respect the guy for giving the money and I respect the studio for saying, ‘Yeah, you want to do this, here we go.’” It’s awesome to hear that the legendary director is protecting his overall vision of the film by taking the final cut into his own hands.
2. It Will Be Released In Virtual Reality Format Alongside The Theatrical Release
For those with Oculus Rift headsets, you will be happy to hear that Blade Runner: 2049 will be released in a virtual reality format. This fits in perfectly with the futuristic vibe of the film, and is a really neat and awesome addition to an already exciting upcoming release. This will not be a version of the film itself, but a number of “Virtual Reality Experiences” that will supplement the film. Speaking about the prospect, Oculus said that, “[we’re] working with Alcon Interactive to bring interactive VR vignettes based on the Blade Runner sequel to the Oculus platform…” They later released an additional statement: “Blade Runner has always pushed the boundaries of cinema, visionary art, design and story and bringing the sequel to this beloved sci-fi property to VR gives us an opportunity to push those boundaries further. We look forward to giving audiences a new way to experience this iconic title in an entirely new and reimagined way.” That’s literally all they’ve said about the project, leaving the details fully open to speculation.
1. It Will Be Released On October 6, 2017 In 2D, 3D, And IMAX 3D
So after all these awesome rumors surrounding Blade Runner: 2049, are you excited to see the film? I know I am. I’m counting down the days until its official release, on October 6, 2017. It’s hard to believe, but that’s 35 years since the original movie came out. The film will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. Like the addition of the Oculus Rift vignettes, the futuristic element of 3D will no doubt be a perfect addition to a film with such a “futuristic” vibe. Too often, films really don’t benefit from the addition of a 3D release, but I think this film is one that will. As it’s one of the most anticipated films of the year, expect long line-ups and a crazy scramble for tickets. This is not a movie you want to miss, by any stretch of the imagination. There are 8 months left to wait, so I hope this will give you all something to look forward to in 2017!