Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Strikes A Familiar Theme

Warner Brothers today released a new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 and, while the new film looks and sounds good…it needs that old Blade Runner magic.

The classic Blade Runner main titles theme of Vangelis returns, but it’s been reworked to fit a standard trailer formula. And the visuals tend toward CGI glossiness, rather than dripping with tangible atmosphere like the original.

The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival). The score is being handled by Jóhann Jóhannsson – but it sounds like the trailer soundtrack was handled by someone else.

Jóhannsson has said this about his approach to scoring the Blade Runner sequel:

It has to be music that exists in the world of Blade Runner, but it’s Blade Runner thirty years later. It’s not a remake, it’s a sequel, so a lot of time has passed and things have changed. I think that will be reflected in all elements of the score and the film.

Obviously, Vangelis’ music played a huge part in creating that world, and Vangelis’ score to Blade Runner is one of my all-time favorites. It 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.

Based on Jóhannsson comments and on his previous work, the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack should at least be interesting. Check out the trailer, embedded above, and let us know what you think about the prospects of revisiting the BR world.