Blade Runner is one of the most beloved sci-fi films ever made, with many fans going so far as to hail it as director Ridley Scott’s greatest film. The movie was a combination of science-fiction and classic noir movies, and managed to balance themes of religion, forgiveness, freedom, life, and love in a way that few other movies have. Going back and watching it nowadays too, the movie still manages to hold up and has gained a kind of ageless quality that few other sci-fi films from that era were able to capture.
So it does seem somewhat surprising that the film’s sequel (directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford) hasn’t received nearly as much hate as one might have expected. Part of that could be the talent that the film has assembled, and another part of that could be the genuine curiosity and desire some fans feel to go back to this world and see Deckard’s story continued.
While speaking with Yahoo! Movies recently too, Ridley Scott revealed some new details about the highly-anticipated sequel, revealing the general timeline of the film in relation to Ryan Gosling’s character, who looks to be one of the driving forces of the film.
“It was 2017, so coming back it’ll be 2047 roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.”
So far, only two cast members have been confirmed for the film, with Gosling being one, and a returning Harrison Ford being the other. While rumors of Ford returning for the sequel had been present for the past few years, no one really knew if the older actor would be interested in returning after all this time. Scott revealed that while Ford was initially hesitant, it was the film’s script that convinced him to come back as Deckard.
“I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, ‘Meh,’ and I said, ‘No, read this.’ And I think he said, ‘This is the best script I’ve ever had.’ We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”
It sounds more and more like this is going to be an incredibly interesting and unique sequel. The talent involved and the hype surrounding the script all make it sound like Blade Runner 2 actually has the capability of living up to our high expectations.
One of the biggest concerns about the sequel though is what it might take away from the original’ ambiguous ending. While director Denis Villeneuve has assured fans that he plans on respecting the mystery and sacred aspects of the sequel’s predecessor, when asked if he believes Deckard is a Replicant or a Human, Ridley Scott didn’t even hesitate:
“Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it.”
The film’s original ending has sparked a decades long debate regarding Deckard’s true identity, with even the creative team and lead actor landing on different sides, so it’ll be interesting to see how the sequel ends up addressing the question. It’s stated firmly in the film that Replicants can only live for four years, so if the sequel is taking place thirty years later, that means that Deckard is either a human, or some kind of advanced Replicant.
While not much is known about the film’s plot at this point, Scott did hint that the main story of the sequel would focus on finding Rick Deckard years later, so it is possible that Deckard went into hiding sometime between the original and the sequel’s timeline, and is now being hunted down, much like how he hunted Replicants in the original. Is it possible that Ryan Gosling’s character is the one hunting him?
I don’t know, and there’s a lot of questions that we can probably expect to be answered between now and the film’s release. Blade Runner is one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made, but if the sequel’s script is as good as Ford and Scott say it is (and isn’t just PR work), then it looks like this sequel might have a chance. Which is probably more than most of us would have expected.
Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theatres in 2017.
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