For its latest issue, Empire Magazine has released a look at some stylized cover artwork for its coverage of Dennis Villeneuve’s upcoming science-fiction sequel, Blade Runner 2049

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is one of the most influential science-fiction films ever made in both its story and its visuals. The neon-heavy aesthetic of the film’s futuristic setting has been a model for a lot of other science-fiction projects over the year. It’s a look that has become instantly recognizable with the world of replicants – and while it appears (from early footage and stills) that certain sequences of Blade Runner 2049 diversify the visual style, Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins are also embracing the classic Blade Runner look as well.

To celebrate the October release of Blade Runner 2049, prominent movie magazine Empire’s latest edition features extensive coverage from the film’s set. As a subscriber exclusive, those who are a part of that list will be sent a special edition of the issue with the following exclusive artwork by a twin brother design duo known as Van Orton – showing the back of the head of Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, as he scans the breathless glow of the neon horizon.

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It’s a beautiful image created by Orton, reverent to the style of the original 1982 classic but also giving those who are excited for the film a nice morsel to tide them over until the next footage or official image reveal. Blade Runner 2049 is a project that’s long been in the pipeline, with Scott being approached to make as sequel to the film for years after the legacy of his original grew. The sequel has been in development and talks since 1999 – with official confirmation coming in 2015, once Arrival director Villeneuve had signed on and Harrison Ford was confirmed to return as Rick Deckard.

With the help of Scott as an executive producer, Villeneuve and his creative team have assembled a talented supporting cast around Ford and Gosling for the thirty years-later sequel, including Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Edward James Almos, and Barkad Abdi. Blade Runner 2049 aims to be an expansion of the Blade Runner mythology like what Scott has done for the Alien franchise with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant – and will answer the biggest question that has been speculated about since the original film: Is Deckard a Replicant?

For non-subscribers, the July edition of Empire with Blade Runner 2049 coverage will be available on stands next week, with completely different artwork. Be sure to check Screen Rant for any details revealed about the sci-fi sequel from that coverage.

NEXT: Blade Runner 2049 Full-Length Trailer Breakdown

Source: Empire

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