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Blade Runner 2049 is an upcoming American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The sequel to Blade Runner (1982), it stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard, with Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. The film will be released globally October 6, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 logo.png
Teaser poster
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by Hampton Fancher
Based on Characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Edited by Joe Walker
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
Country United States
Language English



A new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K, discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to humanity. The discovery leads him to Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who disappeared thirty years ago.




The cast and director of Blade Runner 2049 at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

Development of a sequel to Blade Runner began in 1999. Stuart Hazeldine had written a sequel based on The Edge of Human, titled Blade Runner Down; however, the project was shelved due to problems concerning the rights to the novel.[3] Ridley Scott, director of the original film, considered developing a sequel, tentatively titled Metropolis, and stated his interest while attending San Diego Comic Con.[3][4] Co-writer Travis Wright, cowriter of the 2008 thriller film Eagle Eye, worked with producer Bud Yorkin for several years on the project. His colleague John Glenn, who had left the project by 2008, stated the script would explore the nature of the off-world colonies as well as what happens to the Tyrell Corporation in the wake of its founder's death.[5]

In June 2009, The New York Times reported that Scott and his brother, director Tony Scott, were working on a Blade Runner prequel, Purefold, set in 2019. The prequel was planned as a series of 5–10 minute shorts, aimed first at the web and then perhaps television. Due to rights problems, the series was not to be linked too closely to the characters or events of the 1982 film.[6] On February 7, 2010, it was announced that production on Purefold had ceased, due to funding problems.[7] On March 4, 2011, io9 reported that Yorkin was developing a new Blade Runner film.[8] It was also reported that month that director Christopher Nolan was the desired choice to make the film.[9]

On August 18, 2011, it was announced that Ridley Scott would lead a new Blade Runner film, due to begin no earlier than 2013. Producer Andrew A. Kosove suggested that Harrison Ford, star of the original film, was unlikely to be involved.[10][11] Scott said that the film was "liable to be a sequel" but without the previous cast, and that he was close to finding a writer that "might be able to help [him] deliver".[12] On February 6, 2012, Kosove stated: "It is absolutely, patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner. To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story ... The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment."[13] When Scott was asked about the possibility of a sequel in October 2012, he said, "It's not a rumor—it's happening. With Harrison Ford? I don't know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don't know how long he can live. And that's all I'm going to say at this stage."[14]

Scott said in November 2014 that he would not direct the film and instead produce, that filming would begin in late 2014 or 2015, and that Ford's character would only appear in "the third act" of the sequel.[15] On February 26, 2015, the sequel was confirmed with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve as director. Ford was confirmed to return as Deckard, as was original writer Hampton Fancher, with the film expected to enter production in mid-2016.[16]


On April 16, 2015, Ryan Gosling entered negotiations for a role.[17] Gosling confirmed his casting in November 2015, citing the involvement of Villeneuve and Deakins as factors for his decision.[18] On May 20, Roger Deakins was hired as director of photography.[19] Principal photography was set to begin in July, with Warner Bros. distributing the film domestically and Columbia Pictures handling international release.[20] An official release date of January 12, 2018, was announced on February 18, 2016.[21] When interviewed at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Villeneuve disclosed that the plot would include the ambiguity of whether or not Deckard is a human or a replicant.[22]

On March 31, 2016, Robin Wright entered final negotiations for a role in the film,[23] and on April 2, Dave Bautista posted a picture of himself with an origami unicorn, hinting at a role in the film.[24] Bautista and Wright were confirmed to be joining the cast on April 4, and a filming start date of July was established.[25] In late April 2016, the film's release date was moved up to October 6, 2017,[26] as well as Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks being added to the cast.[27][28] Carla Juri was cast in May 2016.[29] In June, Mackenzie Davis and Barkhad Abdi were cast,[30][31] with David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Lennie James joining in July.[32][33] Jared Leto was added to the cast in August.[34] In March 2017, Edward James Olmos confirmed he was in the film in a sequence playing original character Gaff.[35]

In an interview, Villeneuve briefly discussed the film, saying it is set a few decades after the original. It will again take place in Los Angeles, and the Earth's atmosphere will be different. "The climate has gone berserk — the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic". It was announced that Scott would be executive producer.[36]


Principal photography began in July 2016 and, as of September 2016, was filming in Budapest, Hungary.[37][38] On August 25, 2016, a construction worker was killed while dismantling one of the film's sets at Origo Studios.[39] Warner Bros. announced in early October 2016 that the film would be titled Blade Runner 2049.[40] Shooting ended in November 2016 in Hungary.[41]


The editing of Blade Runner 2049 is taking place in Los Angeles and commenced in December 2016. The director and producers have aimed the film to be R-rated.[41] During the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, when asked what the current runtime of the film was, Villeneuve said that the current cut was around two and a half hours.[42]


Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who has previously worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival, will be composing the score to the sequel.[43] According to Jóhannsson, the decision was made a long time ago. He praised composer Vangelis for his previous work, and that it will be "an enormous challenge of mythical proportion".[44] In July 2017 it was announced that Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch would be contributing to the score.[45]


Alcon Entertainment partnered with technology company Oculus VR to create and distribute content for the film exclusively for its virtual reality format and will launch it alongside the theatrical release of October 6, 2017,[46] giving it one of the longest gaps between film sequels in history. As part of an agreement between IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros., Blade Runner 2049 is set for release in IMAX theaters.[47]

Warner Bros. will handle its domestic release, while Sony (through Columbia Pictures) will be releasing the film in all overseas territories.[48] Due to the popularity and preference of IMAX in 2D, as opposed to 3D among moviegoers in North America, the film will be shown in IMAX theaters only in 2D domestically, but will be screened in 3D formats internationally.[49]

The film has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "violence, some sexuality, nudity, and language."[50]


Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures jointly released an announcement teaser on December 19, 2016.[51][52] A selection of excerpts (lasting 15 seconds) were released as a trailer tease on May 5, 2017 in the lead up to the full trailer, which was released on May 8, 2017.[53] A second trailer was released on July 17, 2017.[54]


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