– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Sony Pictures Motion Group Chairman Tom Rothman is very excited to reveal Blade Runner 2049 to the audiences of CinemaCon 2017 this week.

He reminisced his days when he first watched the original Blade Runner back in June 25, 1982. He loved being transported in the world created by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford. He described the original film “cool as sh!#.”

With Blade Runner 2049 on the horizon, Rothman introduced Ryan Gosling on to the stage. He even described on visiting the set, in which Gosling had thousands of gallons of water dumped on him for take after take.

And CinemaCon taking place in Las Vegas, they mentioned the setting takes place in Las Vegas 2049 (although it was filmed in Budapest).

Gosling said, “It was so surreal to be walking around in the universe of Blade Runner. It was a fully functioning, living and breathing world.”

The pair introduced some first looking footage into the world with similar features, tones, colors and production design from the original Blade Runner. There were familiar flying cars, futuristic pistols and of course, replicants.

The footage also revealed Officer K (Gosling) managing to track down Rick Deckard’s hiding place. However, it brought enemies chasing them and trying to eliminate them. The footage even hinted that Officer K to be special (is he a replicant?).

In addition, the footage showed Jared Leto as a scientist who creates replicants. One replicant comes out of a hanging cocoon and wished it a happy birthday. Robin Wright is revealed to be all-business serious boss to Officer K and Dave Bautista looks intelligent with spectacles on.

With Ridley Scott in the producer seat and Denis Villeneuve at the helm, this early first look seems to replicate the original film in many ways.

And once again, Rothman couldn’t contain his excitement. He even made a friendly shot at Netflix by saying, “Netflix my ass. Let’s see you see that over there!”

We’ll have to wait until October 6 to check Blade Runner 2049 out in theaters.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.