The lid is slowly coming off Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. Today, it’s in the form of a new interview with director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival) and a bunch of new photos featuring Ryan Gosling as the new protagonist K and Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard, online as part of EW’s 2017 preview.
Villeneuve told ScreenDaily that the movie “will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made,” adding to a recent trend of R-rated blockbuster entertainment, from Deadpool to the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to next year’s third Wolverine film Logan. To match the adult rating, Villeneuve kept the film from becoming a texture-less film full of CGI, with help of Oscar-winning cinematography Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Sicario). This approach is already evident in the recently-released teaser trailer, which earned accolades for honoring yet furthering the aesthetic of its predecessor.
“I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set. Most of the movie was done on camera, me and Roger Deakins worked very hard to do it that way. My actors were not walking on green screens all day long. CGI is a strong tool for backgrounds and extensions but what is around the actors needs to be as real as possible. When I watch a movie that’s mostly CGI, I’m disengaged,”
As with most sequels/revivals, 2049 is intended to franchise off should it be successful, for which the director left the possibility of returning open. Villeneuve doesn’t intend to step away from sci-fi either, mentioning he has two ideas for movies and previously saying he would love to re-adapt Frank Herbert’s seminal novel Dune (David Lynch attempted a film in the mid-80s that he more or less disavows while a couple Syfy miniseries of the book came and went without much notice).
“I’m doomed, I love sci-fi. I have two more ideas now that I would love to do. [And] Blade Runner could go on… we’ll see how this one goes.”
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6, 2017. Check out all the images below (courtesy of EW).