It has been announced that the sequel to Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner, based on the novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by author Phillip K. Dick, will officially begin filming in July of this year. It has already been confirmed that Ryan Gosling (Drive) will play a part in the film and that Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Richard Deckard, a detective/ “Blade Runner” whose job it is to hunt down and terminate humanoid bio-engineered androids known as replicants.
There’s hardly any other info out yet but we do know that the story will supposedly pick up years after the end of the first movie and will be directed by Dennis Villenueve (Sicario). Revivals, reboots and sequels have been all the rage in the film industry over the last couple of years (The X-Files, Star Wars episode VII, Prison Break) and that will most likely be the case for the next few years as well.
Blade Runner is considered by many to be a classic and it has had such a huge impact on film that it has even been preserved in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. So although a sequel could well be a hit; continuing the story for older fans while introducing new audiences to the iconic characters, would it be better to let sleeping dogs lie, preserving the elements that made the original so special? Or is it time to move forward and bring the story up to date?