‘Blade Runner 2049’ SDCC Panel Recap: Harrison Ford Promises to Reboot All His Franchises

On paper – a sequel to Blade Runner seems like a pretty terrible idea. So much of the allure of Blade Runner comes from its ambiguity, from the fact that twenty years later people still debate whether Deckard is a replicant, from its notoriously troubled production and the seemingly infinite number of cuts Ridley Scott or the studio try to sell to the masses as the definitive take; but there is no definitive take. Blade Runner’s ambiguous state of being is (in and of itself) the point. The mystery is what makes it so enduring and cool.

So why make a sequel to an enigma?

Yet despite my initial misgivings, I must confess that every single new piece of Blade Runner 2049 footage forces me to question my Stalinist stance. If anyone was going to tackle the mysterious allure of Blade Runner, the guy who made the even more obtuse Spider would be at the top of my list. And pair Denis Villeneuve with Roger Deakins (that foggy, yellowed desert shot with the two open mouthed female statues is something else) – then well, okay, fine, maybe a sequel isn’t the worst idea in the world. Just, please, promise not to reveal if Deckard is a replicant or not (**and, yes, I know, Ford’s age seems to already ruin that mystery).

Today’s Comic Con Panel further assuaged my doubts, taking me one step closer to embracing my inner Blade Runner 2049. Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, writers Hampton Fancher & Michael Green, and the entire cast (Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Lennie James, and Mackenzie Davis) took to Hall H to preview exclusive footage from the sequel. Below are the bullet point highlights.

Blade Runner 2049 opens everywhere October 6th.

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