In 1982, director Ridley Scott brought an imaginative neo-noir science fiction film titled Blade Runner. Starring Harrison Ford as he was riding high off the success of the Star Wars films and Raiders of the Lost Ark, this adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick depicts a dystopian Los Angeles and how genetically engineered replicants on Earth are hunted down by special police operatives known as “Blade Runners”. Ford’s character, burnt-out Blade Runner Rick Deckard, reluctantly takes on the assignment of hunting a group of replicants loose in Los Angeles.
The film wasn’t a huge success when it came out, underperfoming in North America theaters. Over time, it has become a cult classic and become the leading example of a dystopian future along with neo-noir films. So a sequel had to happen, right?
Well, 35 years later…
Taking place 30 years after the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) uncovers a secret that seeks to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. In order to find answers, K’s quest leads him to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Blade Runner who has been missing for the past 30 years.
After years of development and other roadblocks, this sequel is finally getting made. From the trailer, it looks as though the future has gotten worse, desolate, and dangerous. It also looks like Harrison Ford didn’t want to be found. Let’s see how the dynamic between him and Gosling work out in this long-awaited sequel.
Blade Runner 2049 enters theaters on October 6, 2017.