– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While BLADE RUNNER wasn’t very well received upon its released in the early 1980s, it has held up over time and is now revered as a dramatic science fiction film to which all others are compared. It was slow, contemplative, and life-changing for a great number of people, not the least of whom was director Denis Villeneuve, who is set to helm the anticipated BLADE RUNNER sequel.

“I remember the opening sequence perfectly,” Villeneuve told EW. And it’s not just the opening sequence he remembers. After watching the film “thousands of times,” he claims to know the whole thing by heart. “That note of music; seeing Los Angeles in 2019; that smog; that darkness. It’s really the movie that gave birth to my desire to become a director.”

While the world could have very much gone on just fine without a BLADE RUNNER 2, if you were to give a sequel to a filmmaker, you could do much worse than Villeneuve, who has proven his worth time and again with films such as ENEMY, PRISONERS, and most recently, SICARIO. He’s not your typical Hollywood director, and thus far, his big projects have all been projects of real substance.

Though despite that, Villeneuve was understandable scared stiff after agreeing to take on the job. When you mess with BLADE RUNNER, you’re messing with an integral part of film history. But a coffee meeting with BLADE RUNNER screenwriter Hampton Fancher seemed to quiet his concerns a bit.

“[Hampton Fancher] told me that BLADE RUNNER was a dream. We just have to dream again and not worry too much about logic. That removed so much pressure and gave me the key to move forward.”

Now let’s talk about the revealed concept art. While details regarding the plot of the film are pretty much nonexistent, Villeneuve told EW about a bit of the setting in this, once again, future Los Angeles, wherein the climate has gone “berserk” and that the ocean, rain, and snow are all toxic. One of the vehicles in the piece of concept art above is a snowblower that goes in and destroys the snow.

“It’s a Canadian wet dream!” he joked.

This all sounds pretty great, but again, given the weight of this film, one can understand the doubt among film fans. But Villeneuve remains optimistic.

“It’s a great team and spirits are very high,” Villenevue told EW. “Failure is not an option.” 

BLADE RUNNER 2 hits theaters on October 6, 2016.

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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.