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Daniel Herbert and Constantine Verevis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474451369

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451369.001.0001

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The Edge of Reality: Replicating Blade Runner

The Edge of Reality: Replicating Blade Runner

(p.65) Chapter 4 The Edge of Reality: Replicating Blade Runner
Film Reboots

Constantine Verevis

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes Blade Runner 2049 as a ‘reboot-sequel’ for the way it retraces its precursor(s) at the same time as it extends them. In making this point, it argues that Blade Runner 2049 – a film that might be seen as a ‘true sequel’ to Blade Runner (Scott, 1982) – can be understood as a film that reboots a entire franchise. That is, Blade Runner – its multiple versions (1982, 1992, 2007) and many transmedia paratexts – is characterized as a serialised property, one that operates according to the protocols of both organic and, following the work of Jason Mittell, operational seriality.

Keywords:   Film reboots, Blade Runner, film sequels, transmedia storytelling, seriality

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