Blade Runner Sequel Just Scored An Amazing Cinematographer

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

Director Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, made a massive impact on the science fiction genre when it was released, and it became the blueprint for many sci-fi flicks that came after it. So it made sense that the Internet practically exploded a few years ago when rumors sprouted about Blade Runner possibly being remade. Diehard fans were appalled, disgusted, nervous, though some were merely tentative. Maybe there was a small smattering of excitement from someone, somewhere.

A little more time passed, and the rumors changed to an official announcement: Blade Runner was not getting a remake. Instead, it was getting a sequel, and Ridley Scott was tapped to direct again. And then we learned a little while later that Ridley Scott was stepping back from directing, allegedly so that he could focus on another project (my guess is Prometheus 2), though he would instead stay on as a producer. Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) took the helm not long after.

Still, the idea of a sequel to a film that ended so perfectly ambiguous didn’t have a lot of fans convinced. Many fans have expressed worry about a plot that lacks original author Philip K. Dick’s influence.

And then came Wednesday’s exciting press release.

Twelve-time Academy Award nominated Roger Deakins has officially signed on as the project’s cinematographer. Yes, the same Roger Deakins who shot Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, a few of the Coen brothers’ films like Fargo and No Country For Old Men, Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption, and the upcoming film Sicario, which is currently tearing through the Cannes Film Festival. Denis Villeneuve directed Sicario as well. This will be the duo’s third project together, having already worked together on the visually stunning 2013 film Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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One of the things that made Blade Runner such an iconic film was the film’s art direction and cinematography. Every last detail was so vivid, the world so dark. The neo-noir setting and feel to every scene in the film, and the bleak existence of each character, set it above most of what was being done at the time. And since then, critics and various film institutes have praised it as one of the best films in the history of cinema.

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Getting one of the greatest living cinematographers in the world to sign onto the Blade Runner sequel seems to be the one thing that is bringing over even the most stalwart anti-sequel Blade Runner fans.

Because even if the plot leaves something to be desired – doubtful, since the original co-writer of the 1982 Blade Runner screenplay Hampton Fancher is also writing this sequel – the untitled-as-of-yet Blade Runner sequel is going to look absolutely fantastic.

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Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Richard Deckard. Rumors that have yet to be confirmed hint at Ryan Gosling’s involvement in the film, and past statements made by Ridley Scott himself have insinuated that the sequel will have a female lead. More news is surely on the horizon, Blade Runner fans, and we’ll have it all for you here! Shooting will begin in the summer of 2016. Let us know what you think about the Blade Runner sequel so far in the comments below!


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