With the original Blade Runner taking place in fall of 2019, we always assumed that the sequel would happen some time after. What year exactly? Well, Warner Bros has sent out an email release providing the new hashtag "BladeRunner 2049". Little do they know, but the hashtag actually breaks the minute you put a space into it. But I digress...
Now only does the Blade Runner sequel have an official title, but a confirmed theatrical release date. And it's coming exactly as expected! A relied, considering the production history.
Titled Blade Runner 2049, so thirty years later, the film will hit theaters on October 6th, 2017. So the story is set back three decades, while the sequel is coming out just over 35 years after the original. They should have timed that better. And it definitely looks like they've tried, considering how many times studios have failed to get the sequel up and running.
Having freed himself from the Star Wars franchise, Harrison Ford will reprise his role of Rick Deckard. The actor will have tons of support with the help of Ryan Goslin, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista. Not impressed? Well let me tack on Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis and Ana de Armas. And, just for good measure, why not Barkhad Abdi? Don't know who that is? One hint: "I'm the captain now!"
Blade Runner 2049 Gets Title But No Plot
According to Warner Bros, the sequel will be based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I couldn't help but find this nod interesting, as I expected some acknowledgement of The Edge of Human as the source material. Then again, I could just be splitting hairs this early in production.
Blade Runner Marketing and Merchandise Begins
After the Warner Bros announcement, Alcon Entertainment explained that they've teamed with Oculus. If it sounds like an odd pairing -- save for both mediums are the "future" -- the production company plans to distribute Blade Runner games on the Oculus platform right around the same time as the film's release. Alcon has even setup a new division, Alcon Interactive, which will focus solely on interactive content.