Icelandic composter Jóhann Jóhannsson has been charged with the mammoth task of creating a soundtrack just as strong as Vangelis’ original. Jóhannsson has worked with Villeneuve on several films before including Sicario and Arrival; he described tackling the soundtrack as “an enormous challenge of mythical proportion”.
Speaking about the decision not to bring back Vangelis, Jóhannsson said, ” [Vangelis’ score] was a huge part of why that film is so strong, so yes, it’s something that I’m very aware of, but as I said, this is a sequel, not a remake, so we’re doing something that exists in the world but is new as well.
From what is heard in the trailer though, it sounds as though the soundtrack will be a good homage to Vangelis’ iconic original.
Blade Runner 2049 continues thirty years where the original left us, director Denis Villeneuve recently revealed some plot details:
“Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.”
The planned release date is October 6th 2017. The film will appear in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D