New footage and a timeline reveal further clues about the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049.
The iconic image of Rutger Hauer on a rooftop in the rain opened the Blade Runner 2049 segment of the Warner Bros. presentation, before the 180-degree screen wrapped around the inside of Hall H finally revealed what we’ve wanted to know: what happened during the 30 years between the events of Blade Runner and the sequel?
Four years after Deckard and Rachel fled Los Angeles, Nexus 6 and Replicants with extended life are created to keep the Tyrell Company afloat. An EMP causes a massive blackout and disaster, Replicants are declared illegal and company man Neander Wallace (Jared Leto) helps solve the world’s food crisis, as well as assisting in legislation to repeal the Replicant ban. Those who cannot afford to leave for the offworld colonies eke out a miserable life on Earth.
Director Denis Villeneuve was refreshingly honest when asked why he wanted to make the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece. “I didn’t want anyone else to f–k it up. It was my favourite movie of all time growing up and it’s part of my birth, my desire to be a filmmaker.”
With a new trailer dropping just last week, some new footage was premiered, in which Ryan Gosling’s character watches a memory from the Tyrell archives that replays some of Rachel’s Voight-Kampff test run by Deckard.
Gosling explained it was the “haunting ambiguity” and the blurred line between villain and hero that attracted him to the project, while Harrison Ford was his usual grumpy self, but did provide a further nugget of information.
“The original film explored the ethics of the creation of Replicants and their utility, and we further develop those in the story… but I’m not going to tell you how.”
Ford did get the best line of the panel, however, when asked by an audience member if it was his goal to reboot every major franchise there is.
“You bet your ass it is!”
Blade Runner 2049 is in cinemas on October 5.