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Countdown to Blade Runner 2049: Part VIII – What lies in the future?


This year's most anticipated sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is out now in Cineworld and is set to plunge us back into an extraordinary future world.

Harrison Ford returns alongside Ryan Gosling for Arrival director Denis Villeneuve's follow-up to the 1982 Ridley Scott masterpiece. In the final part of our blog series we're looking ahead to the future of the franchise and asking... will there be a third Blade Runner movie?

But first a recap...


Director Ridley Scott delivers what is to become one of the defining science-fiction movies of all time, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's celebrated story about a topsy-turvy future world.

Drenched in acid rain and scalding steam amidst the multicultural hustle and bustle of 2019 Los Angeles, the original Blade Runner asks provocative questions about what makes us human.

Garlanded by Vangelis' woozy electronic score and featuring an enigmatic performance from Harrison Ford as the is he/isn't he human Rick Deckard, the movie overcame middling reviews and poor box office at the time of release to emerge as a modern masterpiece. 

Which version you prefer however is up to you...


Fast forward to today and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is crowned a modern master off the back of moody, engrossing character dramas Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival.

Working from a script by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher, Villeneuve works with genius Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins to transform Blade Runner 2049 into the kind of visually arresting spectacle that we go to the movies for.

But it's not all about the look. With engrossing performances from Ryan Gosling and returnee Harrison Ford at its centre, plus support from Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoek and Dave Bautista, it muddies the divide between man and machine like never before.

The movie is currently garlanded with a mighty 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, so to say it's been met with acclaim is an understatement. But will we be getting a third helping of brain-nagging, eye-widening, thought-provoking sci-fi wonderment?

The future...

So what about the possibility of getting another Blade Runner movie? Star Ryan Gosling says such a prospect is entirely dependent on one thing.

"If there was a story to tell that was worth telling and worth the effort that we were going to put into it, then sure. But I have yet to hear that story," Gosling tells The Los Angeles Times.

Denis Villeneuve proffers: "This movie is just out of the oven. I have no distance from it at all. I’m still making my peace with it. So a third one — if there is a third one — is not something I’ve thought about at all. For me, it was enough to try to stay on the horse for this run, you know?

"That’s an old François Truffaut approach I learned when I was a teenager: make every movie like it will be your last one."

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Recap our Blade Runner blog series!

Part 1: The original novel

Part 2: The original movie

Part 3: Which version do you prefer?

Part 4: The soundtrack

Part 5: The legacy of the original Blade Runner

Part 6: What to expect from the sequel

Part 7: Replicant or not?