Sequels often tend to opt for an unoriginal approach when it comes to titles, including the very simple "2," "Part 2," or the Batman and Superman-friendly, "Returns" – but that wasn’t the case for Blade Runner 2049.
But things could have gotten even more original. The movie that fans waited 35 years to see was originally going to be called Blade Runner: Androids Dream, SYFY WIRE has confirmed with Warner Bros.
Monsters and Critics were first to report the news, with Alcon representative Andrew Kosove telling them: “The movie was always Blade Runner. So we were only talking about an addendum to the title. It wasn’t like we were really starting from scratch. It was Blade Runner. There were a handful of other titles batted around. A lot of people had different opinions.”
Of course, famed sci-fi writer Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was the basis for the original Blade Runner, so it’s not hard to see where they were getting their inspiration from for this would-be title.
“I think [Alcon partner] Broderick [Johnson] and I ultimately felt that simpler was better. The fact that the original movie and the original first frame of the film is Los Angeles 2019, and since our story takes place 30 years hence, we thought it was very simple and clean just to call it Blade Runner 2049 as opposed to a lot of these other titles being kicked around.”
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