Blade Runner 2049 Will Have an R-Rating and Maybe a Few Sequels

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 12:17PM
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 12:17PM
Blade Runner 2049 Will Have an R-Rating and Maybe a Few Sequels
Blade Runner 2049 just released the first tantalizing footage in its official announcement, and now we're finally getting a deluge of information about the sequel. Director Denis Villeneuve just confirmed the rating and use of physical effects rather than CGI, as well as teasing a few possible sequels.



In a new interview with Screen Daily, Villeneuve confirmed that the film would be rated R (which isn't too much of a surprise, since it'd be pretty lame if the sequel to an R-rated movie were PG-13). According to his producers, he said, it will be "one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made," Villeneuve said.

He also reassured fans that he hates movies that overdo CGI as much as we do, and that like all of the best sci-fi movies of the past few years, it will mostly rely on physical effects:

Opening quote
"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 [cinematographer] 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."
Closing quote

He also dropped a hint that he might be directing sequels to Blade Runner after 2049, at least if all goes well:

Opening quote
"I love scifi. 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."
Closing quote

This isn't too much of a surprise either, since Ryan Gosling is clearly being groomed to take over the franchise, but it's still good to hear. Blade Runner was such a novel concept, it will be difficult to make a whole franchise sustainable, but we wouldn't exactly be disappointed to learn there were more Blade Runner down the pipeline. 

And if that weren't enough, there are also several new stills and set photos, courtesy of EW




Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.
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