Blade Runner 2 To Be Self-Contained?

Panic arose when Ridley Scott opted out of directing the “Blade Runner” sequel in favor of only producing the movie. That seemed to calm down though when it was revealed “Prisoners” and “Sicario” helmer Denis Villeneuve would take on the job.

Excitement only grew when it was confirmed Villeneuve’s cinematographer Roger Deakins, who was also responsible for 2012’s Bond film “Skyfall,” was joining the project. In a new interview with Screen Crush, Deakins reveals that the new film will be a quite distinct movie in its own right:

“We’re just treating the new one as what it is; it’s an entirely separate movie that will stand by itself. I mean obviously it has elements that connect it to the original. But it’s going to stand alone by itself as a movie.

And I’m not going to do shafts of light coming through a window with rain just for the sake of doing shafts of light and rain – although it was really superb the way it was done. No, you have to think about the script and approach it anew.”

Deakins admits he had to stop and seriously consider the project before he signed onboard considering the film’s powerful legacy:

“I mean, I did think twice about it. Because you think ‘Oh yeah, Blade Runner, the original is so wonderful.’ And I thought ‘This script is not the old script. It’s not a remake. It’s another take on the story. It’s another story and a progression.’

And I thought ‘There’s so few good science-fiction films out there. Of all the science-fiction films, this deserves another.’ I mean they made about 20 ‘Planet of the Apes,’ and they still haven’t made one as good as the original. They only ever made one ‘Blade Runner,’ so I think we can do another one.”

In a separate interview with Deadline, Scott has also explained why he opted out of returning as director:

“Alcon [Entertainment] bought the title, and asked if I had any ideas. I did. So fundamentally it’s my essay about what happens and what the film is about. I was going to get writers, but decided to call up my old buddy Hampton Fancher because he walks the walk and talks the talk, albeit in these awful sandals. We came up with a nice tight target. He said he wouldn’t write the screenplay, but wrote a short novel.

This was one of the writers I had the best experience with, on the original ‘Blade Runner,’ meeting him every day, polishing the script. We’d solve one problem and there would be another. It drove him crazy but what happened is that what started off as a small contained play inside an apartment, and into an epic.

The new one, we’ve got a very good director in Denis Villenueve. He has taken my script, from Hampton and Michael Green, and that’s what he’ll make. I can’t direct them all, and I have to do ‘Prometheus.'”

So essentially Scott and his influence will be felt in the story and its beats while Villeneuve and Deakins will handle the visuals and tone. Scott os more focused on his other sci-fi sequel, the “Prometheus” follow-up, and he tells Collider that the film will see questions from the first film that were left lingering being finally answered:

“It starts off with a very grand idea – or a grand question, really. Who are they and why did they create such evil biology and bacteriology? And [in creating], to protect themselves from what? So the questions are answered there, or rather, beginning to be answered in Prometheus 2.”

Both films are due to go into production next year.