After months of being shrouded in secrecy, the long-awaited dystopian sci-fi sequel “Blade Runner 2049” finally hit theaters Friday, and though the opening weekend numbers may have been underwhelming, those who have seen the film have found plenty to chew on.
Critics have almost universally embraced director Denis Villeneuve’s film — which stars Ryan Gosling as an L. police officer who stumbles on a buried secret that eventually leads him to Harrison Ford’s long-lost android hunter Rick Deckard — and fans have taken to Reddit and other corners of the Internet to decode its secrets. ” that film was deemed a box office disappointment in its initial release but went on to develop a deeply passionate fan base. I had written a little “Blade Runner” short story about a new kind of blade runner and I named him Kard, with a K. I read Ridley a paragraph from the story on the phone and he said, “Come on over to London and let’s talk.” On the way to London, I was desperate to think of something and I thought, “What about a genesis idea?
But from the first lines, I could see that there was a tone and a world that I wanted to spend more time in.
Ridley Scott has talked about potentially building out the “Blade Runner” universe in the way the “Alien” universe has expanded.
Have you two considered the possibility of future “Blade Runner” movies?
Fittingly, it seems a film centered on androids known as replicants could end up replicating the path of Ridley Scott’s original 1982 classic. The Times spoke with original “Blade Runner” co-writer Hampton Fancher and his “2049” co-writer Michael Green about how the script for the new film came together, the oft-debated question of whether Deckard is a replicant and where the franchise could go from here. I was very excited but very fraught because I had one little idea and that’s not even a fig leaf. Then I got a couple of little ideas and three little ideas and then we were off to the races. So there was this character who could be investigating something and that could maybe be a through-line [for the sequel]. ” Then it started developing as we confabulated for a week.
I did a treatment and, from the treatment, I did a first draft — and then I was gone.