Cleopatra movie

A couple of months ago, we learned that Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve was in talks to direct Sony Pictures’ long-brewing Cleopatra movie about the famed Egyptian queen. Hollywood has been attempting to make a movie about her for the better part of the last decade, with directors like David Fincher and Ang Lee attached, and while Sony was once looking to turn this into the type of big-screen epic that might have rivaled the classic film version of the story from 1963, a new interview with this film’s writer has us rethinking our expectations about this movie.
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blade runner 2049 original cut

The greatest mystery in Blade Runner 2049 may not be whether androids have souls, but whether the movie’s lengthy run time was truly the reason it disappointed at the box office.

Denis Villeneuve‘s ambitious sci-fi spectacle retread many of the cerebral themes that Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi classic Blade Runner did, and then some. In doing so, it neared a three-hour runtime that Scott would come to blame for the audience shunning the film. Villeneuve would somberly ponder that the runtime may be the culprit, but in a new interview, he proudly stands by the length and message of the final theatrical cut. Because, astonishingly, Blade Runner 2049 could have been even longer.

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Blade Runner 2049 Ridley Scott

There’s a certain candor that you’ll only get from 80-year-old directors nearing a half-century in the movie business and who just doesn’t give a hoot anymore.

Ridley Scott recently gave a profanity-laced interview about everything from his bold nine-day reshoots of All the Money in the World to his whether he’d be up to make a Star Wars movie. But I know what you really want to learn: what Scott thinks about Denis Villeneuve‘s ambitious follow-up to his sci-fi classic film, Blade Runner. And Scott doesn’t hold back his opinions on the critically acclaimed but commercially disappointing Blade Runner 2049.

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Blade Runner 2049 VFX Reel

It’s unfortunate that Blade Runner 2049 bombed at the box office this summer, especially since it’s one of the most thoughtful and gorgeous blockbusters we’ve seen in years. But that doesn’t mean those of us who took the time to see the movie can’t still marvel at the incredible work that went into bringing Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir universe to life again.

A visual effects reel from Rodeo FX has surfaced online, showing how much post-production work went into Blade Runner 2049 to transport us to the bleak, distant future of Los Angeles, 30 years after the events of the original Blade Runner. Check out the Blade Runner 2049 VFX reel below. Read More »

star wars denis villeneuve

The Star Wars franchise is rife with possibilities. With a new trilogy helmed by Rian Johnson on the way, the door is open for even more enterprising directors to play in the cosmic sandbox in the form of standalone anthology or prequel films. And the latest visionary sci-fi director to impact Hollywood may be eyeing the galaxy far, far away. Denis Villeneuve received rave reviews for his genre-transcending films like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, but he’s “intrigued” at the idea of directing a Star Wars standalone film.

Meanwhile, in the more concrete near-future: We have a new look at Benicio del Toro’s character in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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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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Bond 25 Director

Denis Villenevue‘s Blade Runner 2049 may have underperformed at the box office, but the filmmaker is soldiering on with his next big flick: an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune. In a recent interview, however, Villenevue confirms a rumor that’s been making the rounds: he’s been in contact about helming the next James Bond film. Will Denis Villenevue direct Bond 25? It’s time for a new addition of Bond Watch.

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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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