Welcome To "Blade Runner" Week at Fandor
The sequel opens on Friday—here's everything you need to know about it.
This fall’s most anticipated film has nothing to do with the dueling superhero universes. It’s Blade Runner 2049, the unexpected sequel to one of the most influential cult classic science-fiction films ever produced, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) steps into the director’s chair, and the stacked cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, and our very own Chief Creative Officer, Jared Leto.
In order to mark the occasion of Blade Runner’s return for more human/replicant conflict, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, and dreamy electronic music, we’re declaring this Blade Runner Week and programming doing a special series of videos and articles devoted to Scott’s 1982 film, the world Philip K. Dick created with his original novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and the cast of the new installment hitting theaters on Friday.
Today, take a look at some of our past work around Scott’s classic original film:
• Go inside the iconic Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, the location used for many of Blade Runner’s greatest scenes.
• Learn about how Stanley Kubrick helped Ridley Scott out of a jam during editing by providing some additional helicopter footage from one of his own iconic films.
• A profile of Harrison Ford, whose mission the past few years seems to be reviving all of his most iconic characters for a critically-adored hurrah.
• An introduction to the depictions of dystopian societies in film.
And look out for the rest of our videos and articles rolling out over the course of this week:
• A survey of the many films—Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, and more—that have adapted novels and stories by Philip K. Dick.
• An introduction to Cyberpunk, a science-fiction genre Blade Runner helped usher into the mainstream.
• A list of Ridley Scott's favorite films.
• A breakdown of the complicated history behind the many drafts of Blade Runner’s screenplay and the many various cuts of the film supervised by Ridley Scott.
• Did you miss the three prequel short films that have rolled out in anticipation of the sequel? Don’t worry, because we’ll have an analysis of everything so you don’t miss any key bits of backstory heading into the new film.
• An investigation of Replicants, the not-quite-robot, not-quite-android, not-quite-human synthetic beings that Blade Runners hunt.