Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner is one of the best films ever made. It changed the face of science fiction, brought writer Philip K. Dick to widespread public attention, influenced media from music videos to feature films, and has even influenced the design of buildings and cars in the real world. I can’t think many films which have had such a massive impact of pop culture, so the idea of a sequel isn’t just exciting – it’s also pant-shitting scary. What if it fails? Is it going to soil that wonderful bit of 1980’s cinema?
Well, today the trailer for that sequel, Blade Runner 2049, has been released. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, and only produced by Scott from a script by Hampton Fancher (who wrote the 1982 film) the film stars Ryan Gosling and a grizzled Harrison Ford. The trailer doesn’t reveal anything in the way of plot; instead it chooses to focus on atmosphere and imagery which is very impressive, as one would expect.
There’s lots of moody shots of Gosling in a trenchcoat in a city covered in sand, in a future city full of smoke and steam, and in a large building (probably an abandoned hotel) being moody while having a gun pointed at him by a moody Harrison Ford. Everything’s very moody! The look of the trailer is lush, which suggests visually, the sequel will look the business.
As a massive fan of the film and of Dick’s book, I’m looking forward to this massively. I just hope it isn’t just an exercise in mood and the script is an afterthought. That said, director Denis Villeneuve has been on a roll since he burst onto the Hollywood scene, so unlike the dystopian universe in which the film is set and the mood it exudes, the future of the franchise might not be so bleak.
‘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.’