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How Are Blade Runner and Alien Connected?

Roy Batty and David are practically cousins.

With the release of Blade Runner 2049[2], fans finally got the chance to return to the distinctive world introduced in the original film. As it happens, though, Blade Runner 2049 could be construed as not quite the first time Ridley Scott has revisited the Blade Runner universe. Both Blade Runner films are, in a sense, part of a larger shared universe that includes the Alien and Predator franchises.

We don’t expect to see Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver joining forces to battle Xenomorphs anytime soon, but it is fascinating to see how Blade Runner and its sequel intertwine with films like Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Taken as a whole, these movie form one large meditation on the nature of humanity and what truly separates the creator from the creation. Check out our breakdown of how Blade Runner and Alien link together thematically and in terms of continuity. Full spoilers follow for Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant, and all the films that preceded them both.[3]

It remains to be seen what future, if any, either of these franchises have on the big screen. Blade Runner 2049 recently opened to lower than expected numbers[4], and Alien: Covenant was among a number of blockbusters that struggled at the box office this summer.

At least Blade Runner 2049 lives up to classics like Blade Runner and Alien[5]. Check out our Blade Runner 2049 review[6] to find out why we said it’s “faithful to its predecessor even while it finds ways to transcend it at times.”

Exit Theatre Mode

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN.

Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter[7], or Kicksplode on MyIGN[8].


  1. ^ Jesse Schedeen (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ Blade Runner 2049 (uk.ign.com)
  3. ^ Blade Runner (uk.ign.com)
  4. ^ Blade Runner 2049 recently opened to lower than expected numbers (www.ign.com)
  5. ^ Alien (uk.ign.com)
  6. ^ Check out our Blade Runner 2049 review (www.ign.com)
  7. ^ following @jschedeen on Twitter (twitter.com)
  8. ^ Kicksplode on MyIGN (people.ign.com)

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