By Matt O'Bryant
Blade Runner 2 is happening and Harrison Ford is officially on board the project, calling it one of the best scripts he has ever read! This news comes as huge surprise to many because this is one of those sequels that many believed would never happen. Its been over 30 years since Blade Runner came out in 1982 and at the time was not well received by the public but has since became a cult classic and a film that is hailed as being far ahead of its time with its societal undertones and amazing neo-noir dystopian science fiction setting.
Along with Harrison Ford returning in the starring role of Rick Deckard the film will be directed by Academy Award nominated director Denis Villeneuve who directed the extremely dark and gritty film Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Original Blade Runner director Sir Ridley Scott is believed to be on board as producer. The script that Harrison Ford says is one of the best scripts he has read in years was is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. No news on whether any of the original cast will be returning, but it would be great to see Edward James Olmos return or even Sean Young.
The story is said to take place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
I’m kind of torn about this sequel actually happening, while I’m a huge fan of the original I feel that this sequel is about 20 years or so too late and I do not believe will be able to recapture the weirdly dark original feeling of the original. At this point I think maybe they should have just let this one be, and leave the original as a stand alone classic not every great film needs to have a sequel. One way I could really get on board with this project is if the director Denis Villeneuve can get Jake Gyllenhaal to come on board the in a starring role since they have worked together before in Prisoners and Enemy. Gyllenhaal has recently took a great turn in his career with Nightcrawler and Prisoners and he could prove to make this project even more exciting to look forward too.
In case your memory is a little vague about the story and events of the first film here is the official synopsis below along with the original trailer.
Synopsis of Blade Runner:
BLADE RUNNER, BASED ON THE NOVEL "DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?" BY SCIENCE FICTION MASTER PHILIP K. DICK, IS A HAUNTING LOOK AT REALITY, MEMORY AND MORTALITY SET AGAINST THE DYSTOPIAN FUTURE OF LOS ANGELES, 2019.
RICK DECKARD (HARRISON FORD) IS A FORMER "BLADE RUNNER" CALLED OUT OF RETIREMENT TO HUNT AND KILL FOUR "REPLICANTS" LED BY ROY BATTY (RUTGER HAUER). THESE GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS WITH SUPERIOR STRENGTH AND INTELLECTS HAVE RETURNED TO EARTH ON A KILLING SPREE, DETERMINED TO MEET THEIR MAKER, DR. ELDON TYRELL (JOE TURKEL). DECKARD'S INVESTIGATION LEADS ACROSS THE GLITTERING HEIGHTS AND DISINTEGRATING DEPTHS OF RIDLEY SCOTT'S . FANTASTICALLY IMAGINED METROPOLIS; ONE FILLED WITH PYRAMIDS, ENORMOUS NEON BILLBOARDS AND SPINNER CARS AMID UNIMAGINABLE OVERCROWDING AND A CONSTANT DELUGE OF ACID RAIN.
BEFORE HIS SEARCH IS OVER, DECKARD WILL FIND HIMSELF FALLING IN LOVE WITH RACHAEL (SEAN YOUNG), TYRELL'S BEAUTIFUL, MYSTERIOUS ASSISTANT. HE WILL ALSO FACE OFF AGAINST BATTY IN BRUTAL HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT. BUT DECKARD'S MOST TROUBLING FIND WILL BE THE SUSPICION THAT HE JUST MIGHT BE A REPLICANT HIMSELF.
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