Even 34 years after its release, director Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner has one of the most influential cinematic depictions of humanity’s future. While reality isn’t actually going to catch up with Blade Runner‘s future by 2019, there will finally be an official Blade Runner sequel in 2017 from director Denis Villeneuve. And if you thought the future was bleak before, Villeneuve is ready to demonstrate that things have only gotten worse in the decades since the events of the original movie.
Via Entertainment Weekly, Villeneuve has released two new pieces of concept art from Blade Runner 2. He also noted that Los Angeles now covers most of the west coast and that “the climate has gone berserk – the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic.” That’s where this first piece of artwork comes in. It features a snow blower that hovers in the air and destroys snow before it can hit the ground. Villeneuve jokingly called it “a Canadian wet dream!”
Also included in the preview was a depiction of Los Angeles at night. It should look familiar to fans of the original film, and yet the omnipresent L.A. smog seems even more oppressive in this image.
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard for the sequel, alongside a new cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, and Mackenzie Davis. Blade Runner 2 will be released on October 6, 2017.
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