Blade Runner 2 isn’t arriving in cinemas until next year, but things are already moving quickly on the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 80s sci-fi classic.
Scott himself has stepped aside from the director’s chair leaving Sicario’s Denis Villeneuve in charge of the action – and there’s another significant absentee behind the scenes on the movie.
Vangelis, the legendary musician whose electronic score defined the original’s future-vision of Los Angeles, will be replaced by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Vangelis isn’t strictly retired, but he hasn’t scored a movie since 2014’s little-seen Twilight of Shadows. In a career that’s seen him compose the music for Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and The Bounty, he’s probably earned a rest.
Jóhannsson’s involvement is no bad thing, he’s been nominated twice for an Academy Awards for his work on Sicario and The Theory of Everything.
Listen to the Vangelis’ soundtrack Blade Runner 2 will be missing below…
Jóhannsson told FACT that scoring Blade Runner 2 will be “an enormous challenge of mythical proportions”.
“Vangelis is a composer that has been a huge influence on my own work, and not only the Blade Runner score – many of his solo albums have been a rich part of my life for a long time,” he said.
“What I love about his work, which I think is also present in my own work, is his sense of space – the way he uses space, the way he uses silences and this sense of monumentalism in a way.”
Will any of Vangelis’ iconic themes be making it into the sequel? It’s too early to tell. Frankly, it’s just so early in the process that it’s really not a question I can answer right now,” Jóhannsson said.
Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and a returning Harrison Ford will star in the Blade Runner sequel, which has been written by Michael Green and the original movie’s screenwriter Hampton Fancher.
The movie will be released on October 6, 2017.