The Replicants Return: First Look at ‘BLADE RUNNER 2’ Concept Art

Easily one of the most anticipated films of all-time has to be the still-untitled BLADE RUNNER sequel directed by the inimitable Denis Villeneuve (PRIOSNERS, SICARIO) and set to star Harrison Ford, reprising his role as Rick Deckard from the first film, as well as Ryan Gosling in an undisclosed role.

Most details of the movie are naturally being kept under wraps, but now at long last we’ve gotten a tiny peek through the keyhole of what Villeneuve and crew have planned via a couple pieces of concept art exclusive to Entertainment Weekly as well as a couple choice tidbits of info.

The script comes from original screenwriter Hampton Fancher with Michael Green (ALIEN: COVENANT), and is set several decades after the original in Los Angeles again. But there’s a twist, as Villeneuve told EW: “The climate has gone berserk – the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic,” Villeneuve says. The vehicle pictured in this exclusive concept art from the sequel, Villeneuve says, is a kind of snow blower that hovers over the streets and destroys snow. He laughs. “It’s a Canadian wet dream!”

Behold said “snow blower:”

Blade Runner Sequel (2017) Concept Art

Blade Runner Sequel (2017)
Concept Art

Looks like a BLADE RUNNER scene to me. But if that doesn’t convince, you, take a look at this other exclusive piece of art that depicts the L.A. skyline of the future, with nods to the skyline of Ridley Scott’s film:

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So it seems safe to say the new film has got the look of the old down cold. If they can nail the rest of the picture as perfectly, we got another sci-fi masterpiece headed our way. I really, really, really want this movie to be excellent, and this first glimpse would seem to indicate that’s what Villeneuve’s aiming for. We’ll find out October 6th, 2017, when

BLADE RUNNER 2 (or whatever they’re going to call it) hits theaters.