In 2017, Warner Bros. and Sony unveiled a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic, Blade Runner. While many fans were mixed on if a sequel could match the greatness of the original, director Denis Villeneuve managed to not only meet expectations, he exceeded them by a mile.
What Villeneuve did on Blade Runner 2049 was nothing short of cinematic excellence. He, along with writers Michael Green and Hampton Fancher, beautifully crafted a film that blended the art-house and blockbuster genres, and the result was a sci-fi masterpiece that lived up to the legacy of the original.
Unfortunately, the film fell short at the global box office, as mainstream moviegoers were not sold on the mysterious premise of Ryan Gosling’s K investigating a secret that threatens to destabilize society and the course of civilization.
While WB and Sony have made no movement on Blade Runner sequel (an anime series is still in the works) that hasn’t stopped Villeneuve from thinking about returning to the expansive world. The director spoke with Empire Magazine about revisiting Blade Runner, to which he said he’d only do it for an original story:
“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he says – adding that he would be interested in another movie if it was ‘unconnected’ from the first two. “The problem is have is the word ‘sequel’. 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.”
Right now, Villeneuve’s schedule is packed, as the director is hard at work crafting his highly anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune. The film is set to be the first in a proposed dulology, as Villeneuve said that the novel is too big for one movie. The film boasted an incredible cast, including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, and Rebecca Ferguson. Hans Zimmer has been tapped to compose the film’s score.
Should both Dune films become success stories, I wouldn’t put it past either WB or Sony to consider looking again at developing another Blade Runner film. Marketing was reportedly a major factor in why the 2017 feature was not a success, but maybe an brand-new original story set in the same universe could be what the franchise need to rekindle its spark.
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