Though he needs to return to the Blade Runner universe, director Denis Villeneuve is extra curious about making a by-product or solo movie, moderately than a Blade Runner 2049 sequel. A number of years again, Villeneuve undertook the intimidating job of constructing a followup to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. An adaptation of Philip Okay. Dick’s sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electrical Sheep?, Blade Runner went from a field workplace disappointment upon launch to being considered a masterpiece of its style within the many years thereafter. Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was no slouch both, profitable two Oscars (for cinematography and VFX) and cementing its director as one of the vital revered names in sci-fi filmmaking working immediately.
Sadly, Blade Runner 2049 additionally adopted in its predecessor’s footsteps by under-performing on the field workplace, taking in $260 million worldwide on a finances someplace between $150-185 million. Going by the outdated rule of thumb than a film must double its finances on the field workplace to make a revenue, the Blade Runner sequel misplaced cash and plans for added movies have since been deserted. Nonetheless, ought to the prospect current itself, Villeneuve would like to take one other crack on the franchise.
Chatting with Empire for its 100 Best Motion pictures of the Century subject (with Blade Runner 2049 coming in at #45), Villeneuve described the Blade Runner universe as “an inspiring place” he would like to revisit in a film “unconnected” from the earlier two. He went on to clarify why he is extra curious about a standalone or spinoff Blade Runner film, versus a extra simple Blade Runner 3.
“The issue is have is the phrase ‘sequel’. I believe cinema wants authentic tales. However in the event you ask me if I’d prefer to revisit this universe otherwise, I can say sure. It will must be a mission by itself. One thing disconnected from each different motion pictures. A detective noir story set sooner or later… I get up typically within the night time dreaming about it.”
A part of what makes Blade Runner 2049 nice is the movie operates like a standalone film for an excellent chunk of its runtime, maintaining its references to Scott’s film to a minimal till the plot necessitates them. Actually, Blade Runner lead Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) would not even present up in individual till the third act, with Ryan Gosling’s replicant Okay serving as the principle protagonist up till that time. Some folks have even admitted they wished Deckard wasn’t part of the story in any respect and Blade Runner 2049 had carried over the world and themes about consciousness from Scott’s movie with out bringing any of its characters again. You may see why Villeneuve could be curious about taking the subsequent logical step and breaking away from the unique Black Runner‘s narrative fully, had been he to get the prospect to discover one other detective noir plotline in the property’s imaginative and prescient of the long run.
The Blade Runner franchise will dwell on because of the upcoming Blade Runner: Black Lotus animated sequence (which Grownup Swim is producing), however one other live-action movie is unlikely to occur within the wake of Blade Runner 2049‘s industrial failure, be it a sequel or not. In fact, Villeneuve will have the ability to scratch his sci-fi itch in different methods along with his upcoming Dune film adaptation. The movie will solely adapt the first half of Frank Herbert’s basic 1965 novel, leaving Villeneuve to proceed telling the story of Arrakis and Home Atreides in a second film, ought to his first installment show a field workplace success. Nonetheless, who is aware of: for years it appeared like Blade Runner 2049 was by no means going to occur, so there might but be hope for Villeneuve’s desires of a by-product/standalone followup.