Blade Runner 2049 Visual Effects

Visual effects are getting better and better every day. While some didn’t quite buy the digital recreation of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (not to mention have problems with the ethics of such a production element), it appears Blade Runner 2049 succeeded in a somewhat similar visual effects feat.

In Blade Runner 2049, we see the return of Sean Young as the exceptionally unique replicant named Rachel from the original Blade Runner. However, instead of merely bringing back Sean Young and de-aging her like Jeff Bridges in TRON: Legacy, director Denis Villeneuve opted to use a performance double and have the younger version of Sean Young recreated entirely with visual effects. See how they did it below, but beware of a bit of a spoiler regarding the nature of this character’s return in the movie. Read More »

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If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:

  • Expendables 3 will shoot this fall, says Dolph Lundgren
  • Skyfall hits digital HD and then Blu-ray/DVD next month
  • The Best Man sequel will bring back the original cast
  • WWE’s new Leprechaun movie will be “a little darker”
  • Flip through more images from Before Midnight

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This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which first hit theaters on June 12, 1981. There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate that anniversary (I’m sure Paramount would suggest going to see Super 8) but here’s a less obvious one. Check out the screen test for a version of Indiana Jones that never came to be. Tom Selleck tested for the role (playing opposite Sean Young, in the role of Marion) and was offered the part, but when his Magnum, P.I. contract prevented him from doing the movie, the lanky actor lost the role (obviously) to Harrison Ford. The screen test is available on the web, and if you’ve never seen it you should hit the jump to check out alterna-Indy. Read More »