Blade Runner is one of the most influential science fiction movies of all-time. Its dark, dystopic view of the future laid the groundwork for many sci-fi films that followed. No film prior had such a singular, distinct vision. The set pieces, the art direction, the cinematography were all eye-opening at the time. And the film itself, how it asked the question of “what is it like to be human?” set a bar for all films that tackled that subject matter.
However, with the way the film ended, no one ever said that there needed to be a sequel. Its ambiguous ending left question marks that were meant for the viewer to ponder long after the film. Initially, I was skeptical that they could pull this off. Why, why risk sullying a film that is so integral to the genre? Let it be. But lo is the time where franchises are the thing, so movie studios want to revisit worlds.
Resigning myself to the fact that this film is being made, I allowed myself to become vulnerable. Harrison Ford is returning – clearly as not an android? – is a plus. Adding Ryan Gosling, also a plus. But the biggest plus is giving this project to Denis Villeneuve. He is the perfect man to enter back into this world.
And just look at this trailer. My God, is it beautiful. You know, if you’re going to enter a world this precious, put it in the hands of a pure artist. It is hard for great directors to have singular, distinct visions in the age of superhero and franchise movies, so giving Villeneuve a crack at this property only makes sense. I would watch anything this guy makes. And just wanted to give a shout-out to cinematographer Roger Deakins, one of the best in the biz. Coupling these two visionaries is special and I cannot wait to see their end product.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.