“I had your job once. I was good at it.”
“Well, times were simpler then.”
There’s been talk of a Blade Runner sequel for years, even as many have been reluctant to accept any kind of follow-up to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 science fiction masterwork. For years, instead of a sequel, it was just the continuous tinkering with and re-releasing of Scott’s film, whether as an unauthorized work print, a “Director’s Cut” that Scott advised on from a distance, and The Final Cut, a 2007 version that stands as the alleged definitive edit. (Since the latter two are the versions which excise the studio-mandated narration and “happy” ending that seemingly nobody involved with the film actually wanted, we’ll consider them the realer deal.)
But now the talk is over, because 2049 will see Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) take over for Scott (who remains attached as an executive producer), and return to the film’s unsettling future, where replicants (humanoid robots) walk the Earth, built largely as slaves but capable of experiencing humanity. Though the film’s first teaser keeps things vague, it chiefly serves as an introduction to Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, who’s tasked with hunting down Harrison Ford’s Deckard, who’s been missing since after the events of the first film. Also, y’know, Deckard has aged up, so maybe that’ll bring all this “is he a replicant” business to rest. (Who’re we kidding. No it won’t.)
The film’s official synopsis describes it as follows: “Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K 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, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.”
Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters on October 6th, 2017 and Harrison Ford will probably never stop being pulled back in for “one last job” in movie franchises centered around him.