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Collider.com has an exclusive look at a short video that explains what happened between the original film to the new one. Director Denis Villeneuve introduces this video that is directed by Luke Scott who is the son of original BLADE RUNNER director Ridley Scott. This does not feature Harrison, rather Jared Leto and Benedict Wong.

Collider is happy to exclusively premiere a Blade Runner 2049 prequel short film “in-world” piece that explains what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set in 2019, and this sequel, set in 2049. The short film “Nexus: 2036” takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace. In this short, directed by Luke Scott (Morgan), Wallace introduces a new line of “perfected” replicants called the Nexus 9, seeking to get the prohibition on replicants repealed. This no doubt has serious ramifications that will be crucial to the plot of Blade Runner 2049.

At Comic-Con this summer, Warner Bros. unveiled a teaser that offered a bullet point rundown of the events that have occurred in the Blade Runner timeline since Ridley Scott’s original movie. This “in-world” piece is one of three short films that will debut ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which will further flesh out the Blade Runner universe with even more information. In 2023, government authorities legislated an indefinite “prohibition” on replicant production, as a year prior a massive EMP detonated on the West Coast and is pinned on Replicants. So in this Wallace piece, we’ll see the beginnings of the new Replicants that are created after the prohibition is lifted.

In Blade Runner 2049, thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.



There is an amazing podcast called The Cine-Files featuring filmmaker Steve Morris and media presenter and actor John Rocha. Throughout over fifty podcasts they’ve covered some classic films in their discussions about film, filmmaking, and the overall enjoyment of film. A couple of weeks ago they did one on Harrison’s film BLADE RUNNER in advance of the sequel BLADE RUNNER 2049 to come out in October starring Harrison who will reprise his role of Rick Deckard and Ryan Gosling. This podcast is a good primer for your enjoyment of Ridley Scott’s cult film also starring Rutger Hauer (Roy Batty), Sean Young (Rachel Tyrell), Joe Turkel (Eldon Tyrell), Daryl Hannah (Pris), Joanna Cassidy (Zhora), Edward James Olmos (Gaff), M. Emmett Walsh (Bryant), James Hong (Hannibal Chew), William Sanderson (J. F. Sebastian), Morgan Paull (Holden) and the late Brion James (Leon). The incredible score was composed and conducted by Vangelis, and features stunning visuals from Douglas Trumbull (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) and Syd Mead. In this podcast both Morris and Rocha cover the background of the film’s production, plus the legacy of this film including the various editions Ridley Scott made. I’ll include all links to Steve and John’s social media pages after the jump. . John and Steve have also done podcasts on STAR WARS directed by George Lucas, and their very first podcast was dedicated to the Steven Spielberg film and Harrison Ford classic, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, both of which I will post here at a later date, for now please sit back for about two hours and enjoy this aural pleasure

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The director of the original also weighs in forcefully on whether or not Deckard was a Replicant.

 

Alien: Paradise Lost isn’t the only callback to a sci-fi classic from early in his career that director Ridley Scott is currently working on. During a promotional interview for The Martian, he revealed a little more about the long-awaited follow-up to 1982’s Blade Runner, on which he’s a producer.

 

“I got Harrison [Ford] back,” Scott  said of the cast for the second movie, which will also include Ryan Gosling. “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.”

 

The new movie will be set in “2047, roughly,” although that apparently depends on Ford’s co-star. The date, Scott suggested, depends on how “young you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050.”

 

Gosling, the director suggested, would take over the franchise after Ford’s departure — and Scott is thinking of it as a franchise, responding to a question about creating multiple movies in the series with “everyone else is, so why not?” As to what might be behind Ford’s departure, Scott was blunt when dropping a hint and answering an unresolved plot thread from the first movie. “Of course he’s a bloody Replicant!” he said about Deckard — and Replicants, as we know, come with in-built limited lifespans.

 

The second Blade Runner is scheduled to start production next year, with Denis Villeneuve directing from a screenplay by Michael Green and Hampton Fancher.

 

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Is he? Isn’t he? This has been the question since the release of Blade Runner back in 1982 – is Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard himself one of the humanoid “replicants” that he is chasing down. In director Ridley Scott’s mind, Deckard was always a replicant — and he’s said so on several occasions — but now he says that in the forthcoming Blade Runner 2, the mystery will be thrown open once and for all. “Of course, he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense,” he said.
Though Scott has said he believes Deckard is a replicant — along with Darryl Hannah’s Pris, Brion James’s Leon, Joanna Cassidy’s Zhora and Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty from the sci-fi classic — fans have long discussed (and likely argued) whether this is the case or not, the movie itself leaving the answer in more ambiguous territory.

 

Ryan Gosling will be starring alongside Harrison Ford in the new movie, and Scott says he had to convince the latter to take up the role again. “I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, ‘Me’, 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.”

 

Following news that he plans to make four “Prometheus” movies in all, and whether he might do the same with Blade Runner, he added, “Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say, ‘Work to live’, and I live to work. I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport. It’s so competitive (that) you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.”

 

And when will the new movie be set? “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,” he added. Then asked whether Gosling would then inherit the potential franchise after the first sequel, he answered “Yeah, yeah.”

 

Blade Runner 2, to be helmed by Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, and produced by Scott, has no release date just yet.

 

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Blade Runner sequel will “take care” of the mystery of Deckard’s identity

 

Ever since Blade Runner hit theaters in 1982, there has been a divide among its fans – is Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard a human or is he a replicant? It’s a question that the film leaves up to the viewer, though director Ridley Scott, Ford, and everyone else has chimed in with their own thoughts on the subject. With a sequel set to begin production next summer, there will certainly be more fuel on the fire of Deckard’s true identity.

 

CraveOnline caught up with director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), who will helm the sequel, and asked him his thoughts on whether Deckard was a human or replicant, to which he replied: “Now that I am on the other side of the fence, I cannot answer.”

 

Villeneuve did go on to say that the mystery will be something they address in the film and that re-contextualizing the original film with any answers they present in the sequel is a concern of his.

 

“The thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”

 

The Blade Runner sequel is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott with the story taking place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard with Ryan Gosling previously said to be in talks for a role. Villeneuve will direct the film with frequent collaborator Roger Deakins working as director of photography.

 

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