Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” may have only done soft box-office, but it got some excellent reviews – especially for the way the director and his lenser Roger Deakins amongst others realised their three decades on version of the world of Ridley Scott’s original.
While another sequel seems out of the question due to the inevitable expense, Villeneuve tells Empire this week that he’d love to return to the world of “Blade Runner”. However, he intriguingly suggests if he were to return, he’d have no interest in a direct sequel.
Instead, it would have to be a completely new story – just one set in the same universe:
“It’s such an inspiring place, the ‘Blade Runner’ world. The problem I have is the word ‘sequel.’ I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”
Villeneuve is hard at work in post-production on another mega-budget sci-fi epic, “Dune,” with that film the first of a planned two-film saga which will keep Villeneuve busy for a little while yet. He’s also attached to an adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s biographical novel about Cleopatra.