For some time now, the sequel to the iconic Harrison Ford sci-fi movie Blade Runner has been in development. Now, fans of Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie (and the original Philip K. Dick novel on which it was based) are getting some exciting news. The release date for Blade Runner 2 has just been moved up from January of 2018 to October of 2017.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the book or the first movie, the plot centers around a dystopian Los Angeles, set far in the future. Genetically engineered “replicants” (advanced robots that are visually indistinguishable from adult humans) are banned on Earth, and a special group of police known as “Blade Runners” are employed to hunt down and “retire” (read as ‘destroy’) any replicants that defy that ban. In the movie, Harrison Ford plays the role of Detective Rick Deckard, a burned-out Blade Runner who is convinced to take on one more job – one that leaves him (and viewers) questioning his own humanity.
Set a few decades after the events of the first movie, Bladerunner 2 will again star Harrison Ford as Det. Rick Deckard, and will be helmed by Canadian-born director Denis Villeneuve. The film will also feature such names as Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista. While no real story details have been made available, we do know that Ridley Scott is attached as a producer, and the screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the first movie’s script) and Michael Green. As an added bonus, Villeneuve has alluded to possibly solving the mystery that has plagued fans of the Blade Runner story for decades.
So tell us! Are you a fan of the original Blade Runner movie, or have you read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Are you excited for the sequel? Let us know in the comments.