What with an original theatrical release that suffered greatly from studio interference, director Ridley Scott only having total freedom to do his cut 25 years later, and five other version of Blade Runner in existence, you could be forgiven for thinking that the version of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel about to hit cinemas may not quite be his intended version. However, in an interview with Europa Plus, he said that this certainly won’t be the case:
“The thing is, the movie you’re going to see is the director’s cut. There will be no further … maybe there’ll be a ‘studio version’ [laughs], maybe a producer version, but not a director’s version. That’s my director’s cut. So I don’t think there will be further versions. If there are alternate versions, they’re not from me.”
The fact that Warners are only screening the movie [which runs a whopping 163 mins] for press on the week of release, and the news that a few weeks ago composer Jóhann Jóhannsson had exited the film [his replacements are Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch] seem to have led some to worry about the end result. The whole project is a risky undertaking, especially in today’s climate.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.Denis Villeneuve directs from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto star.
Blade Runner 2049 will be in cinemas on 6 October 2017.
And in related news, Daniel Craig has mentioned Villeneuve as his pick to direct the next James Bond film. I think Villenueve is a very fine director, but for 007?….perhaps….