‘Blade Runner 2′ Gets Odd New Release Date

By February 18, 2016
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Wait… what?

For a sequel to one of the most beloved, and greatest films of all time - Blade Runner 2 has had a surprising amount of anticipation going behind it up until this point, and for very, very good reason too. Not only had it signed on star Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film opposite a mystery character played by Ryan Gosling, but it had also gotten Prisoners, Enemy, and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve to sign on at the helm.

So why have people been willing to give Blade Runner 2 the benefit of the doubt? Because it’s hard to discredit something with those kind of talented people involved.

However, this news really, really worries me.

Warner Bros. has announced a new release date for the film on January 12th, 2018. Some of you out there will understand my concern after you read that date, but for those of you that don’t, January has been known by movie fans and even members of the industry for quite some time now as the garbage month for Hollywood, when studios unload the worst of their worst movies upon moviegoers after the end of the December awards season craze. Suffice to say – it’s definitely not the place you’d expect a film with these kind of people involved to be released, and it’s definitely not the place you’d expect such a highly-anticipated sequel to be moved to.

What’s even more puzzling is the fact that the film’s story was originally conceived by none other than Ridley Scott himself, who directed the original film, before enlisting Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher to pen the sequel’s screenplay alongside Michael Green, and has been praised by many of the talent involved. Did I also mention that critically-acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins has also signed on to shoot the movie as well?

I understand I might sound a bit flabbergasted right now, and it’s because I am. But before I go completely into the worrying mood, I will say that it’s possible the January 12th release date is when WB is planning on having the movie go wide, and could be giving it a limited release sometime in late December of 2017, similar to how films like The Revenant or The Hateful Eight were released last year. If that’s the case too, then this is some very good news actually because it means the studio is planning on giving it an awards season run, and would make this much more than just the summer blockbuster I think many of us had it pegged as being.

After blockbusters like Creed and Mad Max: Fury Road ended up being major Oscar contenders as well, Warner Bros. could simply be wanting to play it safe with Blade Runner 2 and at least give it the chance at a prime awards season run if it ends up being up to par against its other competitors that year.

Or there won’t be a limited release for it and the January release date is its only release date, in which case I’m going to continue to be puzzled for about the next year and a half. Although, nowadays release dates are beginning to matter less and less it seems like, with the number of quality movies in the early months of the year continuing to grow.

Either way, I’m still very much looking forward to seeing Blade Runner 2 whenever it comes out. Villeneuve hasn’t let me down with a single one of his projects yet, and I’ll be going into this one with the same kind of expectations I’ve brought to his past few films. Even if the January release date does make me slightly more skeptical of its quality beforehand.

Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theatres on January 12th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Chris Blake

    Maybe they just want to make sure they break records. January box office records can’t be THAT hard to break, right?