When the trailer for Blade Runner 2049 dropped in December, I got goose bumps realizing we were only 10 months away from its October 2017 release date. Four months have passed and we don’t know much more about the sequel than we did in December. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Steeped in Secrecy
It looks like Warner Bros. studio is going to extreme lengths make sure I will have it my way. Keeping secrets is tough these days. With cell phones and social media in nearly every part of our lives, it makes guarding privacy like trying to hold water in your bare hand. Still, if you do a search today for news on Blade Runner 2049 you come up with a very short list.
Walking Dead star and most recently revealed cast member of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel Lennie James explained to NewsWeeks what lengths the movie studio took to keep things under lock and key:
“They offered me the job. It came out of the blue and I said, ‘I need to read the script.’ They sent me 20 pages before my character arrived and 20 pages after my character was gone. It was on an app thing that I could only open on one device. I couldn’t take a screenshot, I couldn’t take a photograph, I couldn’t save it. They said, ‘You’ve got 36 hours.’ I had 36 hours with it and then it was gone. Then I had to make a decision to do it. When I did [decide to do it], they sent me the whole script.”
He signed on then took place in the film shoot in Budapest, Hungary last year. No photos or footage leaked from the set at all beyond an approved Omaze video. That was due to the intense security on the set, James explaining how that worked:
“This has never happened to me before… our [script] sides on the day, you had to sign them out, and they’d give you your sides with your words for that day, and then you had to sign them back in. And they wouldn’t let you get in your car to go home until you’d given your sides back. It was frantic. When I finished on the gig, I thought I’d sit down with the script and take it all in. No. Nine hours after wrap that script vanished from my iPad.”
We are now only 6 months away from release and we don’t really know anything about this movie… YES! Here’s to keeping it that way until the October 6th premier.