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Rumor: Blade Runner might be using CGI to re-youngify an old replicant

01.03.2017

While CG de-aging made its big debut (though it had been seen in commercials and music videos before) in 2006 with X-MEN 3, the technology has been making substantial improvements since then. This includes an over-the-hill Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting an in-his-prime Ah-nuld in TERMINATOR: GENYSIS (one of the only highlights) or the jaw-dropping teenage Robert Downey, Jr. in CIVIL WAR (as well as some setbacks, like the plastic-faced Jeff Bridges in TRON LEGACY).

But with the (mostly) successful resurrection of Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin in ROGUE ONE (as well as a 19-year old Carrie Fisher in the same film), it seems Hollywood is getting more-and-more bold with the technology. In fact, according to Terminator Fans, a rumor has spread that the production will be using CGI to de-age a Replicant from the original film:

We can now reveal that a source close to the production of Blade Runner 2049 has informed us that the power of CGI will bring a Replicant character from the cult 1982 film back for the theatrical Blade Runner sequel...The digital CG Replicant character’s appearance in the movie will be at least 10 shots of film or more, so it won’t be a blink of the eye cameo.

They go on to speculate who it might be, which included Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty (as well as Darryl Hannah's Pris, Sean Young's Rachel, and possibly even a younger version of Harrison Ford's Deckard). Take this all with a grain of salt (or possibly a spoonful) but I honestly would be more shocked if they didn't do something like that at this point.

Either way, BLADE RUNNER 2049, co-starring Ryan Gosling and directed by ARRIVAL's Denis Villeneuve, will blade-run into theaters October 6th, 2017.

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Extra Tidbit: Supposedly Ridley Scott put in the Unicorn sequence to "prove" that Deckard was in fact a Replicant.
Source: Terminator Fans

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4:55AM on 01/04/2017
I loved Rogue One, personally I thought the de-aging effects were shockingly bad, but I got used to them., Outdated/poorly realized effects don't ruin a movie for me, otherwise there are a lot of classic films that I'd no longer be able to enjoy.

What I don't get though is that Terminator Salvation (not Genisys, but Salvation) had a pretty extensive climax featuring a young Arnold that's still pretty convincing to this day (check it out on Youtube). How does a freaking Star Wars movie mad 7
I loved Rogue One, personally I thought the de-aging effects were shockingly bad, but I got used to them., Outdated/poorly realized effects don't ruin a movie for me, otherwise there are a lot of classic films that I'd no longer be able to enjoy.

What I don't get though is that Terminator Salvation (not Genisys, but Salvation) had a pretty extensive climax featuring a young Arnold that's still pretty convincing to this day (check it out on Youtube). How does a freaking Star Wars movie mad 7 years later with the same sized budget manage to have worse de-aging effects?

Anyway, as for the new itself, I'm fine with it. It can be done well and seems like a very natural fit with the story.
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8:36PM on 01/03/2017
Next they will start using CGI to have dead actors as lead characters. No thanks. It is more of a distraction than an enhancement IMHO.
Next they will start using CGI to have dead actors as lead characters. No thanks. It is more of a distraction than an enhancement IMHO.
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1:19AM on 01/04/2017
Kind of what they did in Rogue One.
Kind of what they did in Rogue One.
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7:24PM on 01/03/2017
It's probably Sean Young's character. I'm fine with it. Remember, she's a robot well past her expiration date, so even if the CGI is no better than Tarkin in Rogue One, it will still work.
It's probably Sean Young's character. I'm fine with it. Remember, she's a robot well past her expiration date, so even if the CGI is no better than Tarkin in Rogue One, it will still work.
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6:06PM on 01/03/2017
PLEASE NO. PLEASE NO. NO NO NO NO NO.
PLEASE NO. PLEASE NO. NO NO NO NO NO.
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5:07PM on 01/03/2017

I'm not usually one to criticize articles

but this Damion guy is really starting to bug me. The lack of care in his articles is getting very off-putting.
It was X2 that came out in 2003, while the third one released in 2006. Also, while this may not bother most people, I find the word "The" in a movie title to be very important. In this case, the film is titled "Arrival" and not "The Arrival".
but this Damion guy is really starting to bug me. The lack of care in his articles is getting very off-putting.
It was X2 that came out in 2003, while the third one released in 2006. Also, while this may not bother most people, I find the word "The" in a movie title to be very important. In this case, the film is titled "Arrival" and not "The Arrival".
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1:18AM on 01/04/2017
Looks like it was fixed.
Looks like it was fixed.
4:58AM on 01/04/2017
I love JoBlo.com, but they've always sucked at having typos/fact checking errors in their articles and that's always bugged me too. I used to work on the web edition of a magazine and if staff members would have been fired for making a quarter of the errors that some of the writers on here do.
I love JoBlo.com, but they've always sucked at having typos/fact checking errors in their articles and that's always bugged me too. I used to work on the web edition of a magazine and if staff members would have been fired for making a quarter of the errors that some of the writers on here do.
4:10PM on 01/03/2017
The first time I remember seeing it was the Tron sequel when they did it with Dennis Quaid. I wonder if their bringing back Rutger Hauer, or will it be flash backs with Harrison Ford?
The first time I remember seeing it was the Tron sequel when they did it with Dennis Quaid. I wonder if their bringing back Rutger Hauer, or will it be flash backs with Harrison Ford?
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9:53PM on 01/03/2017
You mean Jeff Bridges from Tron Legacy
You mean Jeff Bridges from Tron Legacy
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