Denis Villeneuve, the Blade Runner 2049 director, declared that he wants to keep on exploring Blade Runner’s reality in a new way.
In a recent interview given to Empire, the French Canadian filmmaker implied that Blade Runner 2049, released in 2017, might not be the final point to the Blade Runner movies. He said “It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world”. This universe have so much potential that a new film would not automatically have to be a sequel or connected in any way to the first two ones. “The problem I have is the world ‘sequel.’ He continued “I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”
The Oscar nominated director might be dreaming about it, but what about the producers at Alcon Entertainment and the film distributor, Warner Bros? Blade Runner 2049 is considered to be a box office bomb. Indeed, the movie only made $31.5 million for its opening weekend, when it was expected to make between $45 and $50 million.
But the box office numbers do not take anything away from the excellency of the film. For a lot of fans, Blade Runner 2049 was considered to be a worthy successor of the 1982 original movie (considered as a classic now, even though it did not even make the “summer’s top 10” at the time).
Denis Villeneuve is currently working on a film adaptation of Dune, with a 5 stars casting including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac. We should expect this reboot to be “nightmarish (…) shocking (…) scary (…) very visceral” according to Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac. The movie will hit theaters in December 2020.
Let’s hope that if a new Blade Runner film is made, we won’t have to wait another 35 years.
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