After years on end of rumors dating back to 1999, it still hardly felt believable when Warner Bros. and Ridley Scott confirmed a “Blade Runner” sequel on the way. A follow-up to the classic 1982 adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” had taken on a mythical mystique not unlike tales of Dr. Dre eventually releasing “Detox,” Valve leaving breadcrumbs everywhere confirming that “Half-Life 3” will release on Steam any day now, and a rogue African military dictator secretly hoarding lost classic episodes of “Doctor Who.”
After watching this 1:45 official announcement teaser for “Blade Runner 2049,” we still almost can’t believe it.
It’s 2049 and the previous 30 years have treated neither Los Angeles nor former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) kindly. Deckard has fled into hiding and society has somehow decayed into even worse ruin around him than it was already descending into three decades ago. On the bright side, we can now confirm that having Scott as an executive producer alongside Denis Villeneuve’s direction ensured that this certainly retains all the aesthetic earmarks of an appropriate successor to “Blade Runner.” The City of Angels has fallen hard, and our original hero wants no part of it.
“Replicants are like any other machine,” his original indifferent remark from the first movie reminds us. “They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.”
Unfortunately, latter-day blade runner Officer K (Ryan Gosling) has tracked Deckard down bearing a deeply buried secret he recently exhumed and every intention of once more making replicants Deckard’s problem if it means salvaging what’s left of civil order. We have to ask, what is it with Harrison Ford and revisiting his most iconic characters as world-weary men who wish the world would just piss off and quit dragging them out of mothballs every time it sprouts a nostalgic chubby for one more adventure? Between Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and now Rick Deckard, we’re beginning to believe he keeps taking these roles out of hope that audiences will realize he’s only “acting” in the loosest sense of the word.
OK, kidding aside? Yes, we are seriously damned excited. “Blade Runner 2049” hits theaters worldwide on Oct. 6, 2017, with Ford and Gosling alongside Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Sylvia Hoeks, and Lennie James alongside Jared Leto and Dave Bautista.