Two pieces of concept art from the upcoming Blade Runner sequel have been released (via EW), providing a new look at a dystopian Los Angeles, where the 1982 original was set.
Apparently, not much has changed over the decades, as the city is still bleak and plastered with obnoxious electronic billboards. But, since climate change has become a much larger concern than it was in 1982, it will impact the look of the city.
“The climate has gone berserk — the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic,” director Denis Villeneuve told EW. Notice the vehicle in the first piece of concept art? Its function is to hover over the streets and melt snow. Villeneuve describes it as a “Canadian wet dream!”
The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
The film stars Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), who will be reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. The cast also includes Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Robin Wright (House of Cards), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), Hiam Abbass (Munich), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Carla Juri (Wetlands), Sylvia Hoeks (The Best Offer), and Ana de Armas (War Dogs).
The film is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), based on a script by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green. The original film was based on Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
The Blade Runner sequel is to be released on October 6, 2017.