Warner Bros. Pictures began teasing the next “Blade Runner” installment today, the long-awaited follow-up is titled “Blade Runner 2049” and will release in 2017.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
This new “Blade Runner” will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film is based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The story was written by Hampton Fancher, and the screenplay was co-written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green
Joining Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in the cast are Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.
Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Yorkin worked as producers on the film, with Ridley Scott, Tim Gamble, Frank Giustra, Yale Badick, Val Hill and Bill Carraro serving as executive producers. Fans of the franchise can watch the official teaser-trailer below, thanks to an early Monday morning upload from Warner Bros. Pictures on the studio’s official YouTube channel.
The original “Blade Runner” opened in 1982, and was directed by Ridley Scott. Hampton Fancher, the same man working on the follow-up screenplay, wrote the screenplay for the original with David Webb Peoples. The original film starred Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young.
The studio stopped short of giving the film an exact release date, but the project is set to release in 2017. Right now the film is scheduled to hit theaters on October 6, 2017 but that date may shift a few weeks in either direction as other studios fill-up the popular month with release dates.