The Blade Runner 2049 portion of Warner Bros. Pictures' Comic-Con presentation in Hall H today was fittingly weird and futuristic.
It began with a hologram of Jared Leto -- who plays replicant creator Wallace -- talking about the impact of the original film and getting involved in the sequel, calling it "one of the highlights of [his] film career."
Meanwhile on screens along the walls of the hall, a timeline was displayed showing a series of events that took place between the first movie and the new one, including an EMP blast that destroyed Los Angeles, a worldwide food shortage, the prohibition of replicants, the creation of new replicants that led to the repeal of prohibition, and the desertion of Earth by large swaths of the population.
All that set the stage for the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer (which went online earlier this week) and a clip in which Officer K (Ryan Gosling) visits the headquarters of Wallace and listens to an old recording of Deckard (Harrison Ford) interrogating a replicant.
Gosling, Ford, director Denis Villeneuve and cast members Lennie James, Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks, plus producer Andrew Kosove and screenwriters Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, all came onstage, although the panel and their comments were brief.
Asked if the script for the new movie answered some questions for him -- alluding to the ongoing debate over whether Deckard was a replicant -- Ford said in his grouchy tone that is now a staple at Comic-Con, "It doesn't matter what I think."
Ford also said later that he was hesitant to say much about the movie and spoil anything, prompting moderator Chris Hardwick to threaten to come over and tickle Ford until he talked. The still-imposing star stood up and rumbled, "Bring it on."
But he saved the best for last: asked by a fan if he intended to reboot every major franchise he's been involved in (which he already did with Star Wars two years ago and now this), Ford cracked, "You bet your ass!"
Blade Runner 2049 is out October 6.