- Title: Harrison Ford teases more reality in 'Blade Runner' sequel
- Date: 22nd July 2017
- Summary: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) DIRECTOR DENIS VILLENEUVE (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, DENIS VILLENEUVE, SAYING: "Our story brings us a little bit outside the neighborhood where Deckard was evolving as a character in the first movie - all the movie took place in that neighborhood in Los Angeles and our story takes some liberties doing a bit outside, some peeks at what's happening outside that neighborhood. That would be probably one of the main differences I can talk about."
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- Keywords: Harrison Ford Ryan Gosling Denis Villeneuve Comic-Con San Diego Blade Runner 2049
- Location: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA0066QSTP3H
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- Story Text: Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had fended off numerous requests to direct big-budget sequels until he was approached to make a follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 neo-noir sci-fi film "Blade Runner."
"I accepted to do 'Blade Runner' because it was meaningful," Villeneuve, the director of last year's cerebral alien sci-fi film "Arrival," told Reuters.
"Blade Runner 2049," scheduled to be out in theaters on Oct. 6, will pick up 30 years after the events of the first movie, when human-like robots were hunted by police in a dystopian Los Angeles.
The first film followed Harrison Ford as "blade runner" Rick Deckard, an expert on hunting the humanoid Replicant robots living on Earth illegally. The film explored themes of identity, memory and purpose against a backdrop of a Los Angeles that was a hybrid of Eastern and Western cultural influences.
In a new trailer released this week, the sequel returns to a dystopian California where a Los Angeles police officer (Ryan Gosling) stumbles upon a secret that could jeopardize society, causing him to seek out Deckard, who has been missing for 30 years.
"In the first one we had physical sets for almost every frame of the movie except for the long vistas," explained Ford at the press line at the convention. "We had physical sets for this one so you always had a sense of reality and a kind a human scale context to work in and that's important to me. There really wasn't a hell of a lot of difference between doing the one 35 years ago and doing this one now."
The director and Ford will be joined on Saturday by the cast of the sequel, which in addition to Gosling includes Jared Leto and Robin Wright, to present new footage and discuss the sequel at San Diego's annual Comic-Con gathering of fans of nerd and pop culture.
Although Villeneuve can't tease too much about the upcoming film, he would hint at what fans could expect to be different with the sequel.
"Our story brings us a little bit outside the neighborhood where Deckard was evolving as a character in the first movie - all the movie took place in that neighborhood in Los Angeles and our story takes some liberties doing a bit outside, some peeks at what's happening outside that neighborhood. That would be probably one of the main differences I can talk about," he said.
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