‘Blade Runner 2049’s’ Lengthy Run Time Revealed

Blade Runner 2049
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Blade Runner 2049” will have a relatively lengthy running time of two hours and 32 minutes, plus another 11 minutes for credits.

It’s 46 minutes longer than the iconic 1982 original, which checked in at an hour and 57 minutes.

Alcon Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures have set a worldwide release on Oct. 6 with Warners distributing domestically and Sony distributing internationally. Alcon and Sony are worldwide partners on the film.

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Barkhad Abdi, and Dave Bautista are starring. Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) is directing the film.

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The sequel is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Plot details are mostly being kept under wraps.

Ridley Scott directed the original, which was set in a rainy dystopian version of Los Angeles in 2019 and followed Deckard as he pursued four replicants who had escaped from an off-world colony. The androids, led by Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty character, sought to extend their four-year lifespan.

The film, which was not a box office success on initial release, grew in stature over time. It was selected in 1993 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The sequel is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble of Thunderbird Films will serve as executive producers. Scott will also executive produce along with Bill Carraro.

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  1. Martin says:

    I just hope Deckard isn’t a replicant. If Deckard is a replicant does that not make a mockery of the first movie? Instead of a human overcoming the odds to win against enhanced humans you have version 5 skin job beating version 6?

    • I actually read in an interview, or feature on the movie a while back, that you shouldn’t expect the film to answer whether or not Deckard is a Replicant or not. So we won’t find out either way, and it doesn’t seem like we ever will. But that’s okay I think. It’s just an unknown mystery and you can decide what the truth is or who Deckard is for yourself. I personally think he’s human. If anything, there would be some twisted mixture of the two. Like a Replicant who can give birth or father a child. Lol Strange as that may sound. Just a theory. ha ha

  2. Harlan says:

    I’m not worried about the running time…but the poster!

    Why do we need to see a smirking Harrison-Ford-in-Bruce-Willis-mode on it? That’s not the Rick Deckard we know from “Blade Runner”.

    It nearly looks like an action comedy. The tone is simply wrong.

    I pray to God, that it’s only bad marketing & blind poster designers, but if the movie is like the poster, then this will be “Tango & Cash” set in the future.

  3. Jimmy says:

    I am so looking forward to this movie. It looks to be a worthy sequel. This is going to do well.

  4. harry georgatos says:

    A 160 minute R-rated dense BLADE RUNNER universe movie is my cup of tea!

  5. Cass says:

    I smell another bomb.

  6. So what says:

    Stop saying “iconic” and think of the actual word you mean. A movie, an actor, a performance, a dress, a hairstyle, it never ends!

    • frederick@dreamerchant.com says:

      Just like the movie–over 2 1/2 hours–it never ends.

      • harry georgatos says:

        When I go to the movies I want a five course meal and not a quick takeaway.

      • Fran says:

        Respectfully, why are you in a rush for it to end? If I’m watching something I enjoy I like to get my money’s worth. I don’t mind the flourishes and don’t need everything tidied up into a perfect little lifeless package that gets me out quickly for the sake of what, audience deficit disorder?

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