‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon

Blade Runner 2049 teaser trailer
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sony Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has one message for those who think fans won’t be rushing to the theaters to see “Blade Runner 2049”: “Netflix, my ass.”

The studio chief dropped the zinger while debuting new footage of the “Blade Runner” sequel to exhibition industry professionals at CinemaCon, with star Ryan Gosling on hand. The extended preview that the actor brought with him to Las Vegas stunned the crowd, featuring an apocalyptic Los Angeles and Las Vegas filled with snow, dust storms, and dazed looking androids, all of it created in Budapest. There were also several visual callbacks to sequences and sets from the first picture that are sure to tickle fans.

Rothman, for his part, called the film “cool as s—,” and Gosling told the crowd of theater owners that the team behind Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” tried to keep CGI to a minimum.

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“Every location was real,” said Gosling. “Every set was there…It was a fully functioning, living, breathing world.”

The new footage showed more of Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard and Gosling’s Officer K, as well as a creepy look at Jared Leto, playing a manufacturer of replicants with a daddy complex. In one shot, Leto lovingly caresses a naked android, who appears to have been doused in amniotic fluid.

Robin Wright and Ana de Armas also star in the film, which hits theaters on Oct. 6. Ridley Scott, who directed the first film, executive produced “Blade Runner: 2049.” Villeneuve, an Oscar-nominee for “Arrival,” takes over directing duties. Sony co-financed the production with Alcon, and will distribute the picture internationally. Warner Bros. is handling the domestic rollout when the film debuts on Oct. 6, 2017.

The footage, which also included shots of a bloodied, haunted-looking Gosling and de Armas as a skittish replicant who appears to have captured his heart, received loud applause. Theater owners and executives leaving the auditorium at Caesar’s Palace where the footage screened cited the preview as the highlight of a presentation that also included looks at “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

“Prepare to start going steady with the edge of your seats,” Gosling quipped.

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  1. jenn says:

    Even though people are off Leto after Suicide Squad, I think he’s a great actor so I’m excited for his cameo and after seeing ‘The Nice Guys’ I have hopes for Gosling. Blade Runner is my favorite film of all time, so I don’t think this should have been made BUT I’m praying it all works out.

  2. Josh says:

    Rothman’s notes… that says it all

  3. LOL says:

    These guys are running scared of Netflix.

  4. orionsaint says:

    Tarnishing the legacy of classic movies.

    • Ben says:

      entirely correct, more reboots and sequels, this should have been left alone. This is another Sony flop on the way.

  5. ooh ooh – where’s the new footage?

  6. Most so-called “remakes” are a continuation. BLADE RUNNER has a cool title, a surviving fan base and Harrison Ford. Commercially, Ryan Gosling is not box office. A story of the future is NOW. A good-looking movie that moves the narrative is all that is left.

  7. jamesl182d says:

    I know they’ve made a lot of effort with this film but it should never have been made. Some things are so artistically precious that they shouldn’t be messed with. The existence of this film totally changes the first one and removes much of its mystery.

    And you just know – you just know – that the promo will be so extensive nothing will come as a surprise when we actually see the film.

    I’m very upset.

    • Megan says:

      Don’t see the film and it won’t ruin the first one. Let the people who are interested see it. The thing about art is it’s up to the artist to decide what’s ok and what’s not. It’s their art to do with as they please.

  8. sean kennedy says:

    Please Mr. Alex Stedman and Mr. Brent Lang; with both of your power influence in the press by being in the same room with the powerful Wanda Group who owns the AMC theaters in Century City; PLEASE, PLEASE!! ask the Chairman of Wanda Group, Mr. Wang Jianlin, to spend some of his billions in fixing the Assistive listening device (ALD) systems in the AMC theaters in Century City! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was enactment of the ADA in 1990 made accessibility mandatory for the deaf and hearing impaired to enjoy a night at the movies in all theaters with fixed seating for 50 patrons are required to provide an ALD system The sound system in the AMC theaters in Century City are horrible, including the embarrassing dirty rest rooms! The special receivers that are available at the AMC theaters in Century City have never worked!

    The Wanda Group have turned a deaf ear (pardon the pun) to their customers at the AMC theaters in Century City, ask the managers about the constant and numerous complaints from the impaired of hearing at the AMC theaters in Century City! It’s obvious with all the new technology available in all other movie theaters, the Wanda Group have not utilized all the new technology available in their AMC theaters in Century City; irrespective of complying with federal regulations requiring them to provide hearing assistive services for their hearing impaired customers. Mr. Stedman/Mr. Lang, please visit and interview the managers at the AMC theaters in Century City and help the impaired of hearing to enjoy the movies that were once a pleasure at the AMC theaters in Century City. Thank you both!!

  9. mjweir0317 says:

    Ick. Ryan Gosling. Just Ick.

  10. Paully says:

    Day one for me in IMAX..

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