Monday, April 25, 2016

Blade Runner Sequel Set for 2017

     Alcon Entertainment recently announced  a 06 October, 2017 release date for its sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

     Harrison Ford has been signed to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Several other big names are also on board. Ridley Scott is also coming back, but as executive producer this time. Filming is set to begin this this summer.

     The original movie was based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It was dark. It was gritty. It was futuristic, yet familiar. It was awesome. It was also a film classic that went on to eclipse the book upon which it was based.

     Ironically, the sequel's release date is just two years shy of the 2019 setting of the original movie.

     I love the feel of the original. Like I said above, it was futuristic, but so familiar that it was easy to imagine your self in that world, at least for a time. Will the sequel stay true to the best qualities of the original, or will it go the way of Ghostbusters II? That's the real question: Is this a true sequel, or is it an original project with the Blade Runner stamp slapped on it to take advantage of an existing fan base? Let's hope not. But if they start calling  it a 'reboot' of the original, then we have our sad, sad answer.

     On the other hand, this could be a worthy return to the gravely, greasy, shady world of the 1982 classic. I sure hope so.

     I want to get excited about this one, but we've been burned before. I'll buy my ticket either way.

     What do you think?


  1. I heard it here first.

    I know what you mean--I was initially excited to learn there was going to be a new Mad Max flick.

    Then I thought about it. I wound up predicting what the film makers were going to do months before the first reviews started coming in.

    Like you, I hope the BR sequel turns out to be as cool (or close to it) as the classic. I'm not gonna get my hopes up, though.

    The casting of Harrison Ford as Deckard is a partially good sign--it means it's not a reboot. But I'm not so sure a geriatric Deckard will be as cool a character as his younger version.

    Certainly the technology is abundant now to make a spiffy future noir even more visually impressive than the first one. I'm already cringing, though, waiting for them to write an underwhelming script full of current obligatory political tropes.

  2. I’m also cautiously optimistic about the inclusion of HF, but we’ve been burned before (Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). My main hesitation is the injection of politics (ie: agendas) into the script. Sci-fi has always probed and questioned politics, culture, etc and that’s fine. But this questioning has devolved into flat out in-your-face propaganda. Let’s hope this movie avoids such heavy handed tactics.