'Blade Runner 2' Release Date, News & Update: Movie’s New Title Revealed! Film Will Be Out On Oculus Rift?

By Jeanne Anne , Updated Oct 21, 2016 07:50 AM EDT
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The much-awaited sequel of Harrison Ford's 1982 sci-fi movie, "Blade Runner 2," will finally have its second film. After more than 30 years the motion picture is back, but with a different title -- "Blade Runner 2049."

Warner Bros. is confident that the highly-anticipated "Blade Runner 2" will be on the rise. It, too, will have a new director with Denis Villeneuve. The film is first slated to hit the cinemas in January 2018, but moved into a much closer date in October 2017.

Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner 2" along with Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright and the favorite "Suicide Squad" actor, Jared Leto. The Independent reported that the movie based on 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick will be written by the original "Blade Runner" writer Hampton Fancher and Dave Green.

However, other details about the coming "Blade Runner 2" are strictly under wraps. But, from its title itself, "Blade Runner 2049," it looks like the movie will be set in the future -- 30 years after its original timeline in 2019.

As Harrison Ford will be once again seen as Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner 2," fans are looking forward to see if his character is indeed a replicant, a bioengineered being. Meanwhile, in a Twitter post by the official page of "Blade Runner 2049," it gave a glimpse of the 74-year-old star, Ryan Gosling and their director Denis Villeneuve.

The photo was used to announce "Blade Runner 2" official release date. Aside from the new title, "Blade Runner 2049," Ars Technica cited that the second film could be watched in virtual reality on the Oculus Rift and other Oculus devices in theaters. However, it is not yet known if it will be revealed in common cinemas and in virtual reality at the same time.

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