Blade Runner is one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, mainly down to the fabulous visuals which the young and hungry Ridley Scott managed to create on screen all the way back in 1982- with more than a little help from master cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth.
It has been more than three decades since that film lit up cinemas around the world, opening to very modest reviews and going on to earn a cult following as well as a total of seven different versions. Which is kind of ridiculous really.
Now, there's a full on sequel in the works, with Scott producing and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve on board as director. The first image from the new vision has been released, and it looks like this.
Yep it's concept art but still unmistakably from this world- suffused with neon and trenchcoats and under a pall of toxic rain. Apparently it will take place a 'few decades' after the original story and Ryan Gosling in the lead role. Harrison Ford also has some part to play, but we don't know yet how much room there will be for the return of Rick Deckard.
Villeneuve has some help in film shooter Roger Deakins, who is absolutely the person we would pick to replace Cronenweth. Also on the acting side are Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis (who looks a lot like Daryl Hannah) and Barkad Abdi.
We'll have to wait and see how the long gestating script finally turns out and Scott is still on hand for some creative help. This as yet untitled sequel has only started shooting for an October 2017 release, which is pretty tight. Here's a reminder of how gorgeous the original is.