New director Denis Villeneuve chatting with Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling (from left to right).

Blade Runner 2049 in virtual reality

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, has been titled Blade Runner 2049 and will be released 6 October 2017. The news comes during Oculus Rift’s Oculus Connect 3 event, where presenters announced a virtual reality (VR) version of the film for the Oculus Rift. Presumably, it will not be the entire film in VR, but shorter VR app-based experiences.

A first photo from the set has also been published on Blade Runner 2049‘s official Facebook page. In the photo, new director Denis Villeneuve (first on the left) is chatting with Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Although little has been released about the plot, it seems Ryan Gosling will be the central character of the new film, with Harrison Ford in a secondary role tying the first film with the new.

There are few science fiction films that have produced as much analysis and praise as Blade Runner. The final director’s edit of the film, Blade Runner: The final cut, is arguably one of the top five science fiction films of all time.  While the sequel’s title doesn’t inspire me with confidence, the VR tie-in is welcome news. The atmospheric visuals Ridley Scott created of a dystopian Los Angeles would have looked sensational in VR. The new director, Denis Villeneuve, seems more than able if the reviews of his current science fiction film Arrival are anything to go by.

Sequels are always difficult of course, especially when the original film is a stand out classic. Cross your fingers and hope for the best.

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