It took 35 years for a sequel to the seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner to come to theaters. Blade Runner 2049 will release in 2017, but the franchise may continue on even further than that.
Director Denis Villeneuve, in speaking to Screen, revealed that if Blade Runner 2049 does well enough at the box office then the franchise may continue onward and that he may even stick around to direct future installments if he can stay focused on one project for that long.
“I’m doomed, I love sci-fi," he said. "I have two more ideas now that I would love to do. [And] Blade Runner could go on… we’ll see how this one goes.”
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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.
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Blade Runner, the 1982 neo-noir science fiction movie inspired by Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, co-produced by Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.
Blade Runner 2049 stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, Ana de Armas, Carla Juri, David Dastmalchian, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, and Jared Leto.
Blade Runner 2049 opens Oct. 7, 2017.