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Roger Deakins joins Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2 as cinematographer

05.20.2015

The development of BLADE RUNNER 2 has been a roller coaster. First, we had Ridley Scott back as director and then we didn't. Then we got Harrison Ford back but only in a minor capacity. Then, PRISONERS director Denis Villeneuve came on board and rumors that Ryan Gosling may take the lead. But, despite all of these, I am still optimistic that the movie will be good. With this latest news, I am more certain than ever.

Deadline has just learned that Denis Villeneuve will reunite with his PRISONERS and SICARIO cinematographer Roger Deakins for BLADE RUNNER 2. The esteemed director of photography is responsible for the stunning imagery on display in countless films ranging from NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, SKYFALL, and most recently Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards and winner of none, Deakins has a fervent fan-base who admire his visual prowess.

While the buzz surrounding SICARIO may finally garner Deakins that much deserved Oscar, the news that he will lens BLADE RUNNER 2 is beyond exciting. Ridley Scott brought a mood and style to the original film that made it the iconic piece of cinema that it remains to this day. Villeneuve has a dark and brooding style to his films and Deakins is the perfect man to capture it on film. This is a home run for movie fans.

There is no confirmed release date for BLADE RUNNER 2 but production is slated to begin Summer 2016, so hopefully that means we finally see the film in 2017.

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Source: Deadline

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11:08PM on 05/23/2015

Praise for their latest, Sicario:

Enough cannot be said about Deakins' photography, and for the love of the cinema gods we can pray that this will finally garner him his much deserved Oscar. From the bleached-out shots of the opening siege through to night-vision raids, we get a raw, stark palate that makes things quite black and white. Yet it's in the fine gradients captured - the stunning sliver of sunset that the crew walk by to enter a tunnel, the luminously captured magic hour and early evening scenes shot with an azure
Enough cannot be said about Deakins' photography, and for the love of the cinema gods we can pray that this will finally garner him his much deserved Oscar. From the bleached-out shots of the opening siege through to night-vision raids, we get a raw, stark palate that makes things quite black and white. Yet it's in the fine gradients captured - the stunning sliver of sunset that the crew walk by to enter a tunnel, the luminously captured magic hour and early evening scenes shot with an azure flourish - that best demonstrate visually the space between black and white, the grey areas that much of the films visual palate (and moral compass) is directed.
In so many ways this is the culmination of Villeneuve's capacities of a filmmaker. It has the brutal and shocking violence of Polytechnique, some of the procedural elements of Prisoners, and much of the confidence, experimentation and sense of dream that made Enemy so interesting. It's the collision of these sensibilities - the art film, the action movie - that Villeneuve shines, creating a marvelous hybrid that's a stunner.
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11:12PM on 05/20/2015
I thought it would have been cool to see Jeff Cronenweth shoot it, as his father did the first one, but this is pretty awesome news! Blade Runner is in my top five, so I was (and still am) so skeptical about this, but with each bit of news I get more excited. Deakins is my favorite living cinematographer and Prisoners was so well-directed, I have some faith in this.
I thought it would have been cool to see Jeff Cronenweth shoot it, as his father did the first one, but this is pretty awesome news! Blade Runner is in my top five, so I was (and still am) so skeptical about this, but with each bit of news I get more excited. Deakins is my favorite living cinematographer and Prisoners was so well-directed, I have some faith in this.
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9:45PM on 05/20/2015

This is great!

Hottest director in CANNES right now, paired with a legendary lenser... plus Ford and Gosling! WTF!!!? This sounds too good to be true!
We need some of that Deckard magic... and we're gonna get it! So rad.
Hottest director in CANNES right now, paired with a legendary lenser... plus Ford and Gosling! WTF!!!? This sounds too good to be true!
We need some of that Deckard magic... and we're gonna get it! So rad.
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9:03PM on 05/20/2015
Deakins is a worthy bladefilmer! Villanueva seems a bit serous for it, but a big plus is that these men are true artists. They will focus on the story and the characters and not just on adding a piece to a franchise.
Deakins is a worthy bladefilmer! Villanueva seems a bit serous for it, but a big plus is that these men are true artists. They will focus on the story and the characters and not just on adding a piece to a franchise.
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6:26PM on 05/20/2015
I'm more excited for Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 at the moment but that may change once production starts rolling on this project. Will see, fingers are crossed.....
I'm more excited for Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 at the moment but that may change once production starts rolling on this project. Will see, fingers are crossed.....
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9:46PM on 05/20/2015
You're insane.
You're insane.
6:02PM on 05/20/2015
I remain highly skeptical of this endeavor.
I remain highly skeptical of this endeavor.
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