Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Comparison

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original sci-fi noir thriller Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that this year also marks the long-anticipated sequel that fans have wanted for decades.

As for what secrets lie in Blade Runner 2049, we don’t know, but we do know that the visuals of the sequel magnificently recreate the production design and art direction of the original film, at least as far as we can tell from the first trailer. If you’d like to see them side-by-side, a new video compares footage from the new trailer with comparable shots from the original film.

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Blade Runner 2049 cityscape

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • An Alien: Covenant VR experience lets you be birthed as a neomorph
  • Dave Bautista says Blade Runner 2049 will be “better than the first film”
  • Adam Scott doesn’t seem thrilled about the idea of more Big Little Lies
  • Tom Cruise films a motorcycle chase for Mission: Impossible 6
  • and more!

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The Blade Runner 2049 trailer arrived earlier today and it is a glorious thing. Filled with stunning and beautiful moments, the film being advertised here certainly looks like a worthy successor to 1982’s Blade Runner, which is nothing short of a masterpiece. And since there’s so much going on here, there’s only one thing to do – we must go through the whole thing frame-by-frame.

While we aren’t privy to any spoilers (we know nothing about this film), consider this a warning: we may accidentally spoil key plot points will mulling over this trailer.

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blade runner 2049 trailer

The original 1982 Blade Runner isn’t just one of the best science fiction movies ever made – it’s one of the most influential, with its overcrowded, rainy, beautiful, bleak, and neon-lit vision of a future Los Angeles continuing to inform how the genre looks to this very day. A sequel is a risky proposition. How do you follow-up a movie whose very aesthetic has become commonplace to the point of cliche?

Well, you can start by hiring director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins, who look to have taken Ridley Scott’s original vision and fine-tuned it for 2017 audiences in a big, bold away. At the very least, the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer makes it pretty clear that this long-gestating sequel will look stunning.

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blade runner 2049 posters

Returning to the Blade Runner series that helped cement his legacy as one of Hollywood’s most reliable action stars must have been a walk in the park for Harrison Ford. Maybe too much of a walk in the park, if these new Blade Runner 2049 posters are anything to go by.

Two new posters for Denis Villeneueve‘s sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic were released today, one featuring franchise newcomer Ryan Gosling,  who plays a hotshot blade runner Officer K, and Ford, who returns as former blade runner Rick Deckard.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • New Kingsman: The Golden Circle pictures feature a suave Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum.
  • Barkhad Abdi sheds light on his Blade Runner 2049 character.
  • Chris Pratt hints at a “darker” Jurassic World 2.
  • Zoe Saldana teases the next four Avatar sequels.
  • Disney unveils Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales international posters.
  • Empire has a stylish limited edition cover of Alien: Covenant.
  • New French posters of Cars 3 race online.

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Warner Bros closed out the third day of CinemaCon with a presentation of their upcoming film slate, which included an Aquaman concept trailer, three clips from Wonder Woman, a slightly extended Justice League trailer, and a behind the scenes featurette for Blade Runner 2049 that featured a bunch of new footage. Read on to hear my thoughts on the lot of them.

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blade runner 2049 images

Every year in March, movie theater exhibitors gather in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, a convention spotlighting the newest advances in multiplex technologies and presentations from most of the major movie studios showcasing their film slates for the next year and beyond.

Tonight, CinemaCon kicked off with a presentation from Sony Pictures, showing off new footage and trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji, Baby Driver, Flatliners, Cadavers and Rough Night. Read on for our Sony CinemaCon 2017 presentation recap to learn what was screened and to hear our first impressions and reactions.

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blade runner 2049 edward james olmos

Decades before he confirmed himself as a bonafide science fiction icon as Admiral Adama in the great Battlestar Galactica remake series, Edward James Olmos had a key role in Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner. Now, we know that he’s following in the footsteps of original star Harrison Ford and returning to the rainy, grimy streets of future Los Angeles in director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

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Sometimes humans can be terrible at predicting things, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun when we try. My previous attempts to predict my favorite films of the year are often wildly inaccurate — inevitably, my actual favorite films of the year will contain lots of entries that I couldn’t have possibly foreseen.

That being said, for 2017, the job is slightly easier. There are sequels on the docket that lots of people are actually psyched to see, rather than follow-ups people didn’t need (Alice Through the Looking Glass) or ask for (The Hunstman: Winter’s War). Still, I have no doubt that my favorite films of the year will be those that I couldn’t have possibly predicted at this stage.

After the jump, check out my picks in chronological order based on release date. Also, I recorded an episode of my new podcast with Joanna Robinson, Gen Pop, in which we both discuss the films that have us most excited. Listen below (and also see Jacob and Ethan’s lists).

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