Students of postmodernist film studies, rejoice! And graduates of the School Of All Things Awesome From The Eighties, you can rejoice, too! News has just come to hand that the highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel is scheduled to begin filming later this month. And we can sense you shaking in your neo-noir boots, just like we are.
The only sneak peek we can share with you is of this storyboard sketch, but judging by this image alone it appears as though Blade Runner 2 (as yet not what it’s officially called but we’ll run with it for now) is set to be a feast for the info-overloading-loving senses.
Says the film’s director, Denis Villeneuve: “I’ve always been attracted to science-fiction films with strong visual signatures that lead us into unique parallel worlds, and the original Blade Runner is by far the best of all time.”
Kudos to any man that dares to top it. Indeed, in the original, Ridley Scott did a dandy job of blending sci-fi and film noir to create his unique exploration of the postmodern human condition. The new Blade Runner will be an extension of the first movie, set a few decades after 1982, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard.
The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Story details are not being revealed but we will do our darnedest to track them down for you, with or without the aid of dodgy droids and replicas… Antonino Tati