Taglines: The key to the future is finally unearthed.
In 2049, with the powerful Tyrell Corporation under the control of the visionary scientist Niander Wallace, the bio-engineered replicants, NEXUS-9, seem to have integrated seamlessly into society. Purposed to eradicate the outdated rebellious NEXUS models, LAPD’s officer K–a new generation of Blade Runners–stumbles upon a dangerous and well-hidden secret that could easily undermine an already frail stability in the world. As K puts the pieces together, he will soon realise that the key element that binds everything together in this mystery is the retired Blade Runner, Rick Deckard, who still remains disappeared or has gone underground. But is K allowed to unearth the truth?
Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. A sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner, the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. Set thirty years after the first film, Gosling plays K, a blade runner who uncovers a secret that threatens to instigate a war between humans and replicants.
Principal photography took place between July and November 2016, mainly in Budapest, Hungary. Blade Runner 2049 premiered in Los Angeles on October 3, 2017 and was released in the United States in 2D, 3D and IMAX on October 6, 2017. The film was praised by critics for its performances, direction, cinematography, musical score, production design, and faithfulness to the original film. Despite positive reviews, the film was a box office disappointment, grossing just $92 million in North America and $259 million worldwide.
Blade Runner 2049 received five nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. It received eight nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects.
Principal photography took place between July and November 2016, mainly at Korda Studios and Origo Studios in Budapest, Hungary. For the casino scenes, the old Stock Exchange Palace in Budapest’s Liberty Square (Budapest) served as a filming location. On August 25, 2016, a construction worker was killed while dismantling one of the film’s sets at Origo Studios.
Rapper-producer El-P was asked to compose music for the first Blade Runner 2049 trailer, but his score was “rejected or ignored”. Jóhann Jóhannsson, who had worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival, was initially announced as composer for the film. However, Villeneuve and Jóhannsson decided to end the collaboration because Villeneuve considered the film “needed something different, and I needed to go back to something closer to Vangelis’s soundtrack”. New composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch joined in July 2017. In September, Jóhannsson’s agent confirmed that he was no longer involved and was contractually forbidden from commenting.
As of January 18, 2018, Blade Runner 2049 has grossed $92 million in the United States and Canada, and $167.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $259.2 million, against a production budget of $150–185 million. The projected worldwide total the film needed to gross in order to break even was estimated to be around $400 million. Scott attributed the film’s underperformance to the runtime, saying: “It’s slow. Long. Too long. I would have taken out half an hour.”
In the United States and Canada, the film was initially projected to gross $43–47 million in its opening weekend. In September 2017, a survey from Fandango indicated that the film was one of the most anticipated releases of the season. It made $4 million from Thursday night previews, including $800,000 from IMAX, but just $12.6 million on its first day, lowering weekend estimates to $32 million. It made $11.4 million on Saturday and went on to debut to $31.5 million, well below initial projections but still finishing first at the box office and marking the biggest openings of Villeneuve and Gosling’s careers.
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Sallie Harmsen, Hiam Abbass, Tómas Lemarquis
Screenplay by: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
Production Design by: Dennis Gassner
Cinematography by: Roger Deakins
Film Editing by: Joe Walker
Costume Design by: Renée April
Set Decoration by: Alessandra Querzola
Art Direction by: David Doran, Bence Erdelyi, Lydia Fry, Paul Inglis, Stefan Speth
Music by: Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures (United States), Sony Pictures Releasing (International)
Release Date: October 6, 2017