There are very few movies in the history of science fiction that are as iconic and influential as Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, based on the novel Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Even though the movie wasn't a massive hit at the time, it has since found a massive audience. So much so that a sequel is currently being filmed by Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, who has finally revealed some details on the upcoming and highly anticipated Blade Runner 2.
The director recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the movie, which is currently under production. During the course of the interview, he revealed that he has seen the original movie "a thousand times," and that it was the movie that made him want to become a director in the first place. Here is what he had to say.
"I remember the opening sequence perfectly...That note of music; seeing Los Angeles in 2019; that smog; that darkness. It's really the movie that gave birth to my desire to become a director."
Because Blade Runner was so important to him, Villeneuve was a bit reluctant to take on the job when it was first offered to him. But original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who also co-wrote the sequel with Michael Green, was able to convince Villeneuve to take the job. Here is how Villeneuve tells it.
"He told me that Blade Runner was a dream. We just have to dream again and not worry too much about logic. That removed so much pressure and gave me the key to move forward."
Up to this point, we have known next to nothing about the long awaited Blade Runner sequel, but the director also gave a bit of a sense of what the movie will be. He did confirm that it will be taking place several decades after the events of the original movie and also said that "the climate has gone berserk - the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic." So it seems like extreme climate change is going to be a major theme of the movie, based on his statements.
Not only did EW get to talk to Villeneuve about the movie, but they also revealed two brand new pieces of stunning concept art that give us a glimpse into the movie's future Los Angeles setting. The first image features a massive, sprawling overhead shot of the city, which is very much reminiscent of what we saw in Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner, but a little bit more sleek and updated. The second image is a bit more of a street level look at this dark world, showcasing a foggy and seedy LA street, with a strange vehicle as the main focus. Villeneuve explained that the vehicle hovers over the streets and destroys snow, which he joked was a "Canadian wet dream."
Harrison Ford is returning to reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the original Blade Runner. He will be joined by Ryan Gosling, who is taking over duties as the lead in the movie as well as Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Ana De Armas and Barkhad Abdi. There are few movies as precious to fans as Blade Runner, and Villeneuve seems to understand that, stating that "failure is not an option." So that should hopefully give fans some reassurance. The Blade Runner sequel is set for release on October 6, 2017. Be sure to check out the brand new concept art for the movie below.