Blade Runner 2, the most awaited sequel of 1982 classic Blade Runner, will hit the screen on October 6, 2017.
The original Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford in the role of Rick Deckard, a retired blade runner who tracks down renegade replicants.
Blade Runner 2, now titled Blade Runner 2049, poses a challenge to director Denis Villeneuve who takes over the Ridley Scott.
Villeneuve recognized Scott’s film as “a masterpiece,” according to Slashfilm. But the Arrival director admits that the sequel could not “live up to the original.”
He considers Blade Runner as one of the best sci-fi films in the past 50 years. The original Blade Runner was set in the year 2019.
However, Blade 2 would be more than a film with special effects, Arrival’s Jeremy Renner maintains. After all, Villeneuve’s films come with a beautiful “Hitchcock tension,” he adds.
“He’s not going to throw a giant crazy thing in your face to distract you from a lack of story or this or that,” Renner tells Digital Spy.
Stunning Special Effects, Good Acting, Story Makes Blade Runner Stand Out
A special effects professional credited Scott for creating stunning effects with simple technology in the original Blade Runner. But the acting and the story makes Blade Runner “an enduring classic” that stands out among sci-fi films.
Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard. Newcomers Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) join the Blade 2 cast.
Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original Blade, co-writes the script with Michael Green. Scott stays on as the producer.
Just like Scott on the original movie, Villeneuve won’t have the final cut on the project.
Meanwhile, composer Johann Johannsson starts working on Blade 2’s film score. Vangelis wrote the musical score on the original Blade Runner.