This was the post I was planning to write on Saturday before the world went all topsy-turvy on me. It will finish out the Comic-Con announcements that I was most interested in. I will return to a couple of Comic-Con based news items that I want to touch on briefly, but I will save those for later posts.
Blade Runner 2049—Blade Runner 2049 Trailer–features a new “detective” and a return by Harrison Ford as the old “detective” in a world of Replicants (human-like androids). Featuring a new villain, this is a sequel that will probably also serve to bring the “Blade Runner” story to a new generation.
I saw the original Blade Runner on cable as a child. I liked it, but it wasn’t a favorite. Although it achieved cult status as one of the first visions of what a “cyberpunk” society might look like on the big screen, it was never more than just a simple Sci-Fi movie to me (just as LadyHawk was a typical Fantasy movie of the time). I was much more into the more mainstream franchises of Star Wars and Star Trek and the Alien/Aliens duology out at the time.
It will be interesting to see the reception to the film. Outside of quirky films like The Fifth Element, cyberpunk as a genre doesn’t seem to really do all that well in the film media (as evidenced by the lack of success of the movie version of Ghost in the Shell earlier this summer). However, where cyberpunk really shines is in the realm of anime. Many of today’s generation grew up on anime shows, while I, unfortunately, was about 5 years before the boom of anime–I saw some early anime, but the real revolution happened while I was in college and during the first years of my first job, so I missed out on a lot of shows that contained a heavy amount of cyberpunk influenced narrative. It will be interesting to see if movie-goers embrace this new attempt or if it, like it’s predecessor, will also only be cult hit.