Set 30 years after the original film, Blade Runner 2049 follows a new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) who discovers a long-buried secret that just might bring the world as he knows it to its knees. During his quest to uncover exactly what went down, Officer K encounters Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), whom no one has seen or heard from in over three decades.
Ford and Gosling have teamed up 35 years after Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner. The sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is even more stunning and massive than the original. Co-scripted by the original screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, 2049 uses the first film as a foundation to set the stage for a story that is unparalleled in its size and visuals.
From an accidental punch on set to Ford forgetting Gosling’s name in an interview, here’s everything that happened to get Blade Runner 2049 to the big screen, as well as some aspects of the mysterious plotline that we’ve only begun to untangle.
There almost was no sequel
Blade Runner’s director Ridley Scott initially had no desire to do a sequel. He told Den of Geek, “We try not to repeat ourselves, and that’s why I always felt that I didn’t want to do a sequel.” Alcon, the folks who produced the movie, didn’t even think there was even another story to tell.
Scott knew otherwise. He said:
Well, actually there’s a very clear and present and straightforward story, which opens up into a more complex universe, with all its outcomes and characters. Because the very first film is a very clear indication of what the second will be. And I’m not going to tell you what it is, because I’ll give the whole thing away. And not only that, but it’ll sound too simple – but it’s not simple, it gets quite complicated.
It’s fundamentally about AIs, though. The idea that I always on insisted from day one, because I directed the f*cking movie, is that Harrison Ford, Deckard, is a Replicant. He had to be. So for this story to function today, he has to be a Replicant, otherwise, there’s no story.