If, like me, you’re a rabid fan of the original Blade Runner, you’d have greeted the news of a sequel with paroxysms of “why, God, why?” and “Ridley Scott, you tart”. The announcement reared its ugly head like, well…
However, we now have a firm release date for the film – 18 January 2018 – and there might actually be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Denis Villeneuve, who directed the excellent Sicario, is at the helm, along with the co-writer of the original, Hampton Fancher. Oh, and some unknown newbie called Ryan Gosling will be starring.
We also know that Harrison Ford will (probably, may, might, perhaps) be reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Last year, Ridley Scott told Cinema Blend:
We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.
Apart from that, we know nothing. Diddly-squat. Still, we’ll always have the original (in its many, many versions). Here’s a wee reminder of just how good it is: