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09.11.2015
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With SICARIO kicking all kinds of ass at the Toronto International Film Festival (our own Chris Bumbray gave it a perfect 10), Denis Villeneuve is already thinking about his next project, the sequel to Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER. Making a sequel to one of the most popular science-fiction films of all time is no small task, which is something Villeneuve is very much aware of. The director discussed the film with Collider at TIFF and spoke of the huge challenge that making a BLADE RUNNER sequel entails:

It’s a huge challenge, because you don’t want to cut and paste, otherwise why [do it]? And at the same time you have to respect what was done, so you have to find the right equilibrium between being faithful to the first one and bringing something new at the same time that will make sense to the Blade Runner universe.

Villeneuve, who was very hesitant to take on the project despite Ridley Scott's blessing, admitted a deep fear at tackling a sequel to a film which he's been a hardcore fan of since before it was even released.

It’s more than nervous, it’s a deep fear. I mean when I heard that Ridley Scott wanted to do another movie in the Blade Runner universe, at first my reaction was that it’s a fantastic idea, but it may be a very bad idea. I’m among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema. I’m coming from a small town in Quebec where, at that time, there was no internet and the way to be in contact with movies were those American fan magazines like Fantastic Films and Starlog and I still remember the shock, the impact of seeing the first frames, the first pictures coming out of Blade Runner. Me and my friends were in awe, so excited and the movie was such a strong cinematic experience. A new way of seeing sci-fi.

Denis Villeneuve again confirmed that Harrison Ford will be starring in the film which "will be autonomous and at the same time there will be some link" to the first. Filming on the sequel will begin next summer, and Villeneuve will be bringing along a frequent collaborator; Roger Deakins, who has worked with Denis Villeneuve on both PRISONERS and SICARIO, will team-up with Villeneuve once again for the BLADE RUNNER sequel and according to Villeneuve, it only took 2.5 seconds to convince him. I'm still uncertain whether a BLADE RUNNER sequel is at all necessary, but with Denis Villeneuve at the helm and very aware of all the risks this project brings, I've got my fingers crossed.

SICARIO will open in limited release on September 18, 2015 before opening wide on October 2, 2015.

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Source: Collider

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8:18AM on 09/12/2015

Seriously. The guy named Roy Batty effed that up too.

I think a lot of this sequel hinges on whether Deckard is or is not a replicant. In other words, which cut is the movie jumping off from?
I think a lot of this sequel hinges on whether Deckard is or is not a replicant. In other words, which cut is the movie jumping off from?
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8:27AM on 09/12/2015
I'm sorry to upset you, loyal fanboy!
I'm sorry to upset you, loyal fanboy!
5:58PM on 09/13/2015
Nothing is more exhausting than unwarranted performances of pretentiousness.
Nothing is more exhausting than unwarranted performances of pretentiousness.
10:18AM on 09/14/2015
I have no confirmation one way or another. But I'd imagine they would use the theatrical release cut. I know a lot of people hold the director's cut in high regard. But I think the studio would want to appeal to the biggest market available. And as regarded as the director's cut is, there are more people that have seen the theatrical release. Again, I have no idea, but that's my two cents on the subject.
I have no confirmation one way or another. But I'd imagine they would use the theatrical release cut. I know a lot of people hold the director's cut in high regard. But I think the studio would want to appeal to the biggest market available. And as regarded as the director's cut is, there are more people that have seen the theatrical release. Again, I have no idea, but that's my two cents on the subject.
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4:28AM on 09/12/2015

If you're going to comment ...

... then at least get the character's name right.
It is Deckard not 'Decker'.
... then at least get the character's name right.
It is Deckard not 'Decker'.
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10:12PM on 09/12/2015
Point taken.

Though I'm not sure where you've demonstrated infallibility yourself.

Point taken.

Though I'm not sure where you've demonstrated infallibility yourself.

7:49PM on 09/11/2015
Villeneuve has quickly risen to be a director with vision and scope that manages to focus on its characters more than anything else. I have no doubt he will do the Blade Runner follow-up justice. My only concern is getting Deckard back into the picture. It completely gets rid of the open-ending of the first.
Villeneuve has quickly risen to be a director with vision and scope that manages to focus on its characters more than anything else. I have no doubt he will do the Blade Runner follow-up justice. My only concern is getting Deckard back into the picture. It completely gets rid of the open-ending of the first.
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7:37PM on 09/11/2015
Having another movie set in the Blade Runner universe could be a great idea.

But having a direct sequel with the Decker character, just sounds like a bad idea to me.
Having another movie set in the Blade Runner universe could be a great idea.

But having a direct sequel with the Decker character, just sounds like a bad idea to me.
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