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What We Learned From The 'Blade Runner 2049' Comic-Con Panel

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The time for Blade Runner 2049 is approaching, so every kernel of information is another exciting peek into the world we'll see come October. Warner Bros. went all out for their Blade Runner 2049 panel at Comic-Con Saturday, giving Hall H a peek at the timeline for the film and behind the scenes information on the movie's production.

Hall H was decked out with large screens, and the panel started with a timeline that charted the gap between the first movie and the upcoming sequel. The timeline then transitioned into a hologram of Jared Leto, who introduced the panel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The original film takes place in 2019 Los Angeles, so that's a whole 30 years of information to cover between the first film and its sequel. According to today's panel, in 2023, replicant prohibition goes into effect. The Wallace Corporation solves the food shortage two years later, and repeals the replicant prohibition in 2030. By 2049, the humans left on Earth are those who can't afford to go to an off-world colony.

Attendees of the panel got a peek at some new footage as well, which showed Gosling's Officer K looking through old Replicant memories, according to Polygon. He ends up watching the interrogation with Deckard from the first film.

When asked about the responsibility of directing the project, Denis Villeneuve responded, "I didn't want someone else to fuck it up," adding it "is my favorite movie of all time." According to Deadline, Ridley Scott was there at the beginning to give Villeneuve the backstory for the sequel.

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The audience was able to ask some questions as well. One fan asked Harrison Ford "Is it your goal to reboot every major franchise there is?," to which he responded, "You bet your ass it is!" He also was asked the eternal Blade Runner question: is Deckard a replicant? He dodged the question, replying, "It doesn't matter what I think."

Ford and Villeneuve were joined on stage by cast members Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Lennie James and Mackenzie Davis, and writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.

Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6.

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