Blade Runner 2049 Ridley Scott

Imagine the pressure of directing a cinematic sequel to one of the most visually iconic science fiction movies of all time, one crafted by a master filmmaker widely considered to be one of the best craftsmen the industry has ever seen. Imagine that very same master filmmaker is executive producing your sequel, and he drops by the set to visit for a day. What do you do? Well, if you’re Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, you nicely ask Sir Ridley Scott to pack up his stuff and hit the bricks so you can do your job properly.

Read the Blade Runner 2049 Ridley Scott story in Villeneuve’s own words below.
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blade runner 2049 women

After seeing director Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049, some viewers took issue with the movie’s depiction of its female characters. The main story revolves around a male Replicant (Ryan Gosling‘s Agent K) and his quest for another (Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard) to learn the truth about his origins, and the movie’s women are often relegated to minor supporting players, holograms, or sex workers.

Now the filmmaker has responded to critiques of the way he portrayed women in the movie. Is his response good enough to change your mind?
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blade runner 2049 failed

Blade Runner 2049 was a truly audacious blockbuster movie, tackling themes of humanity, free will, and fate — all wrapped in a haunting dystopian noir mystery that both aped and improved upon the iconic visuals of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner.

But much like the original Blade Runner, the sequel underwhelmed at the box office, opening to a tepid $32 million domestically and going on to rake in $252 million worldwide, barely breaking even on its towering $155 million budget. Not a huge financial disappointment, to be sure, but the movie was written off as a failure — precisely because it was a highly anticipated, highly acclaimed follow-up to one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time.

Critics almost universally agreed: Blade Runner 2049 was a science-fiction masterpiece. So why didn’t audiences feel the same way?

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Blade Runner 2049 box office

This just in from the This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Department: Blade Runner 2049, the existential sci-fi tone poem sequel from Denis Villeneuve, was such a box office disappointment that it faces an $80 million loss for its producers. Chalk this up to a case of history repeating itself, as the original Blade Runner wasn’t a huge hit upon its initial release either, only to eventually earn a cult classic status.

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Blader Runner 2049 box office

Blade Runner 2049 just can’t catch a break. After the film underperformed domestically, producers had hoped to recoup costs overseas. But the film has now bombed in China as well, crushing any hope left for the cerebral sci-fi sequel to turn a significant profit. But that doesn’t stop the film from being good, so word that a much longer cut of the already long film once existed should intrigue those of you who loved the film.

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Blade Runner 2049 Prop - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Adam Savage from Mythbusters went behind the scenes of one of the Blade Runner 2049 prequel shorts to show you how much work went into these pieces of marketing leading up to the sequel that just hit theaters earlier this month. In a series of videos, he tours the set, checks out the props and even becomes an extra in the short. Check out all the videos below. Read More »

Blade Runner Alternate title

Blade Runner 2049 is currently dividing audiences, who aren’t sure if the sequel is a masterpiece or a mess of style over substance. While it might not have changed anyone’s opinion, it seems the film almost had a completely different title – one that tied directly into the source material that inspired the first film. Read on to learn the Blade Runner 2049 alternate title.

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blade runner 2049 asian

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Blade Runner 2049 joins a sci-fi trend of using East Asian imagery to communicate globalization. But where are the Asian characters?)

The first thing you notice about Blade Runner 2049 is how stark it is. Opening in a desolate, grey field where Ryan Gosling‘s Officer K confronts Dave Bautista‘s Sapper Morton, the world of the Blade Runner sequel steadily unfolds into the cyberpunk mecca that we were first introduced to back in 1982.

It’s clear that director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins don’t want to ape the neon-drenched griminess of the original, instead delivering an oppressive urban labyrinth that parallels the dense claustrophobia of modern Hong Kong high rises. Only one-third of the way through the film do we see hints of a vibrant neonscape cutting through the smog and rain that covers the futuristic Los Angeles. And with that neon: holograms of dancing women in anime-inspired outfits, cute Hello Kitty-style machines, Chinese characters and Japanese kanji galore.

It amounts to a stunning, dissonant image in one of the most gorgeously shot movies of the year, and not an unfamiliar one: science-fiction movies have long borrowed East Asian imagery as a visual shorthand to portray a more globalized society. It has roots in none other than the original Blade Runner, which drew from the burgeoning Tokyo and Hong Kong metropolises of the time, as well as the rapid globalization in the ’80s. With the massive cultural influence that China, South Korea, and Japan wield today, it’s no huge leap to assume that in the near future, every city would be a cultural melting pot with East Asian influences run amok. But in Blade Runner 2049, it feels less like a nod to those influences so much as it feels like window dressing.

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Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra welcome C. Robert Cargill to discuss Blade Runner 2049Buy Cargill’s Sea of Rust on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

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Blade Runner 2049 Ending

Blade Runner 2049 is now playing at theaters, and like the original Blade Runner, reaction is mixed. Some herald it as a masterpiece while others feel it’s all style and no substance. One of the film’s most powerful moments arrives at the very end, but that ending has some people speculating on deeper possible meanings. Now, the writers of the film have weighed in with their thoughts, as has comic book writer Mark Millar. MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW, so be warned. Read on for the Blade Runner 2049 ending theories.

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