In the original Blade Runner, the Los Angeles of 2019 was soaked under an omnipresent acid rain that took the place of the poisoned air featured in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — the novel upon which the Ridley Scott film was based.
But as the real Los Angeles approaches a 2019 largely absent of rain, the untitled Blade Runner sequel envisions the city decades later punished by freak weather.
As seen in this concept art initially released by Entertainment Weekly, the sun is weak in the sky against relentless cloud cover and precipitation. Director Denis Villenueve tells the site that the climate has gone “beserk” and that “the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic.” In another piece of art, a hovering snowblower is seen “destroying” some of the toxic snow that now falls on the former desert city.
The cityscape and Villenevue’s comments offer the first real glimpse of the film’s setting. While many assumed Los Angeles wouldn’t stray to far from its depiction in Blade Runner, we can now see the metropolis is still essentially sunless. But it remains to be seen if it is also overran with Replicants.
Blade Runner 2 opens on October 6th, 2017.