The success of sequels to high-profile science fiction films certainly fluctuates. For every iconic sequel, like Alien 2 or Terminator 2: Judgment Day, we get an Independence Day: Resurgence or Matrix: Revolutions. So, when a sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 sci-fi flick Blade Runner was announced, the news was met with equal parts excitement and pessimism.
As of December 21st, the project seems to be trending in the right direction. Ridley Scott, the mind behind the original, is on set as a producer and story developer. Harrison Ford, the star of the 1982 classic, will have a role in the sequel. Denis Villenueve has been tapped as the director and his film resume is impressive. He’s directed Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013) and most recently, Arrival (2016). Each of these films have achieved heavy critical success and Villenueve has established himself as one of the best directors in Hollywood.
Ryan Gosling is starring in the sequel, which has been named Blade Runner 2049. On December 19th, the first full length-trailer for the blockbuster was released. It appears to capture the same dark, sci-fi noir tone of the original film. All signs are pointing to Blade Runner 2049 being one of the worthwhile sequels. The film will be released on October 6th, 2017.