It's easy to be skeptical about new movies due to modern Hollywood's penchant for remakes, prequels and sequels. But there's one sequel that deserves to generate excitement rather than cynicism: #BladeRunner2049.
A sequel to the classic #BladeRunner might seem like a blatant cash grab. After all, the original - one of the greatest #SciFi movies of all time - stands on its own and is still great today. But the cast and crew of the sequel are all talented people, passionate about the original. Don't believe me? Check out the amazing teaser #trailer that landed today:
Looks good, right? Everything is there: the Blade Runner aesthetic. #HarrisonFord. The sound of Vangelis on the soundtrack. Director #DennisVilleneuve's eye for a great shot. Links the original run through the veins of Blade Runner 2049, and you can read more details from an earlier post I wrote here.
What else did the teaser trailer tell us about Deckard's return?
Is There Life on Mars?
The Mars colonies were much referenced in the original Blade Runner, but never seen. The early shots of the new movie suggest that, this time, we'll be spending some time there.
We see #RyanGosling's character (known in the official synopsis as "Officer K") strolling through the (presumably) Martian wilderness, before coming across a palatial home housing a grizzled, gravel-voiced Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). "I had your job, once," growls Deckard.
What Else Do We Know?
There will be much speculation about why Officer K is searching for Deckard. Is he after advice from the veteran blade runner, or (tying in to a long-held fan theory) is he hunting Deckard down as a replicant?
The plot synopsis (via Indiewire) suggests it's the former situation rather than the latter:
“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.”
Of course, if we're really clinging to the Deckard-is-a-replicant theory then his true nature could well the "long-buried secret" that gets discovered. Whatever it is, we won't have to wait that long to find out. Blade Runner 2049 is out on October 6th, 2017.
Are you excited for the new Blade Runner movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!