What happens to all those amazing costumes, sets and props when your favorite, most binge-worthy TV show gets canceled? There’s a good chance they’ll end up on the rack at one of Hollywood’s wardrobe liquidation outlets, where those in the know shop for steep discounts on once-worn items that quite possibly may have touched the skin of your ultimate film or TV crush. Imagine the brownie points when you’re watching New Girl re-runs with your roomies, and the very sweater you’re wearing pops up on screen? This too, can be you.
As the stunning images unfold for Blade Runner: 2049, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.
Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human.
Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is now in theaters. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events.