HOLLYWOOD – Ridley Scott’s next film will be the new Blade Runner 2049 prequel.
Ridley Scott announces a prequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. With two Alien prequels under his belt, the veteran director now wants to return to the Blade Runner universe.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, the White Squall director had this to say:
I love the idea of going back and making films based on the films that I made in the past. I think they’re often better than the originals. Look at Prometheus. Everyone told me that it was miles better than the original Alien. I’m looking at doing a Thelma and Louise prequel, which would follow Thelma as a young woman. And a Black Rain prequel. Matt Damon even wants to do a Martian prequel which would just be him flying to Mars with the crew.
I know. The other advantage in Blade Runner is that I’ve already done a prequel to Blade Runner 2049, so I can just use footage from that. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young are all in it.
The synopsis reads:
A bounty hunter must find and kill a new kind of synthetic human, the Nexus. But in so doing he must come to terms with his own humanity and the limits of love.
Filming has already started according to Scott.
Blade Runner 2019 is out in August.
HOLLYWOOD – Someone just leaked the script for Blade Runner 2050 onto the internet.
Did you love Blade Runner 2049? Do you want to see the sequel Blade Runner 2050? Well, there’s a good chance you never will. But we’ve managed to get a copy of the script after it leaked onto the internet. So here it is.
INT. CLOSE UP.
Extreme close up of an eye blinking. Hans Zimmer blows his electronic TUBA.
EXT. CINEMATOGRAPHY. NIGHT
Cinematography as far as the eye can see. J (Hayden Christensen) pilots a Spinner, a futuristic flying car over the miles and miles of cinematography, until he lands on the roof of a magnificent ziggurat.
INT. ZIGGURAT. NIGHT
J descends in a strobing lift and enters a magnificent hall, where he is greeted by L (Lindsay Lohan) and an OWL.
Welcome to the Production Design.
Thank you. I’ve come from the cinematography.
Do you like the production design?
You could at least look at it.
I did look at it. Is that owl artificial?
Of course it is.
It must be very expensive.
We put it in the production design budget.
I’ve come to see if you’re human.
I’m not. Neither are you.
Is anyone human anymore?
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HOLLYWOOD – Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 had a disappointing opening week.
Blade Runner 2049 has flopped at the box office, only taking a measly $210 according to reports.
Harrison Ford star of the film said:
It’s complete shit. You go into a store with $210 dollars, you come out with one shoe.
The disastrous opening came as a surprise as the film boasts two bankable stars, wonderful critical reception and is the sequel of a film largely consider a cornerstone of science fiction cinema. Ryan Gosling contended the news was not all bad:
I know some shoe shops where you can get a decent pair of shoes for $210. Like slip-ons or espadrilles. Obviously not suede ankle boots. Harrison is probably thinking of suede ankle boots. You’d need more money for those.
We asked Denis Villeneuve about the film’s performance.
Obviously I’m disappointed. On the one hand we wanted to make a film in a certain way and I think we made that film. So in that sense I’m glad. But in another, I had my eye on these really nice suede ankle boots and I guess I’m not going to be able to get those now. Until the Dune money comes in at least.
Blade Runner 2049 is still in theaters.
REVIEW – BLADE RUNNER 2049 – La La Land sequel sets dour tone.
In Blade Runner 2049, Ryan Gosling returns to LA but now it is no longer ‘Another Day of Sun’. Rather it is rainy and sometimes snowy and sometimes dusty and always misty. Following a thirty five year break here is the Blade Runner sequel no one actually asked for. The good news is that it isn’t awful. Gosling is the replicant cop – no ‘is or isn’t he?’ nonsense here – who must hunt down runaway versions of his own kind and dispatch them. When he comes across a body buried in the ground, he finds himself unearthing LITERALLY a secret that could have huge ramifications on the world.
So the good things are as follows. It looks good. Roger Deakins and Denis Villeneuve have done a bang up job of filming the noir elements and making the world of the near future look real. Gosling is fine. His C3PO impression is well within his range. There’s not much Harrison Ford. As with his return as Han Solo, I find Mr ‘Which Runway?’ increasingly plays himself in a way that is distracting. And the story is interesting and well realized.
The bad things are niggles. So in love with its own visual flair, the pacing does drift into prolonged gazing at itself. The procedural detective work just involves Gosling going places slowly. And I didn’t like the way the film tries to be bigger. The original film was about Deckard killing four replicants. Not much was at stake. He didn’t even reallly have to do it. The new film posits the possibility of a revolution or war and epochal change. Weirdly this largeness is incomplete feeling as if it’s setting up another chapter. Jared Leto’s baddie is a creepy Jesus guy but his sporadic appearances feel like something wasn’t quite worked out.
HOLLYWOOD – Read the notes of the producers of the original Blade Runner.
We’re all used to thinking that Blade Runner is a dyed in the wool cult classic but even the people making it didn’t think it worked. Bud Yorkin and Jerry Perenchio unleashed their critique in a series of notes. The best of which reads ‘This movie gets worse with every screening.’ Hardly a ringing endorsement. The voiceover was not a hit either. And generally they both criticized the pace of the film.
HOLLYWOOD – Harrison Ford’s costume for Blade Runner 2049 only cost $26 before tax.
Rick Deckard is back in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 and he’s blade running for his life. The trailer hit the internet yesterday and left so much to unpack. But the take home for many was Harrison’ Ford’s costume. We spoke with the Mosquito Coast actor EXCLUSIVELY about his costume choices:
The costume people come round to my house. They’ve spent weeks going over and over with these designs and sketches. I talked to Ryan and he’s taking this shit way to seriously. He’s worried he’ll have a cold chin so he gets them to make this high collar. You know, to protect his chin. Do you know that Gosling means baby goose?
Yes, I guess…
Makes you think. Huh. My surname means ‘American car’.
Well, then they say ‘How about you Mr Ford?’ and I say ‘I’m wearing my costume right now’. They looked confused. I was just wearing a t-shirt. They started trotting out these space trousers, but I told them to fuck off. This shirt cost me $26.
For a pack of three.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released in October.
HOLLYWOOD – The first images from Blade Runner 2049 show Ryan Gosling looking like Harrison Ford.
Ryan Gosling just came round to the Studio Exec bungalow to give an EXCLUSIVE insight into the Blade Runner 2049 images.
So hey. This is basically me. I play this guy who basically worship Harrison Ford’s character Rick Deckard. He’s this legendary Blade Runner and I want to be just like him. So I got to this coat shop, where they sell these long coats and I say can I have one like this. And I show them this picture of Deckard wearing the coat. And they say sure. I say it’s a little different but okay. Then I go and get a hair cut.
A hair cut?
And I show them the photograph and I say…
I want a hair cut like Rick Deckard.
Hey, have you read the script?
No. I was just… go on.
Then I go and meet Rick Deckard. And he has a piano.
We see that in the trailer.
Right. But now I can play the piano, because of La La Land so we start a jazz combo. We call ourselves Zinc Omelette and become famous.
You’re not Ryan Gosling.
I have seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
Blade Runner 2049 will open the Venice Film Festival in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – The Studio Exec sends in the FACT squad to run the Voight-Kampff test on the new Blade Runner 2049.
Denis Villeneuve’s follow up to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner 2049 has been shrouded in mystery but the Studio Exec FACT squad has been on the job – though one of them got fried running through an electric field. So here are the 5 FACTS they uncovered.
One. The whole of Blade Runner 2049 takes place at eleven minutes to nine PM.
Two. Following his success in LaLa Land, Ryan Gosling will sing the theme song ‘Tears in Rain’ over the opening titles as well as the song ‘Is this to test whether I’m a Replicant (or a lesbian)?’ also known as Blade Runner Love Theme.
Three. The cast for Blade Runner 2049 includes Harrison Ford from the original, as well as Jared Leto, David Letterman, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson and Melissa McCarthy.
Four. Although not directing the film, Ridley Scott has been part of the creative team though scriptwriter Hampton Fancher has said that his contribution consisted solely of demanding ‘a shit load of unicorns.’ This demand has been fully satisfied. Hampton told the Exec: ‘You’ve never seen this many unicorns on film at the same time.’
Five. Whereas in the original there was an ambiguity as to which character was a replicant, in the new film the Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has insisted that there will be a more radical ambiguity. ‘We will suggest that not only are ALL the characters replicants, but also the audience and the filmmakers. Everybody and everything is artificial. Philip K. Dick, I feel would have approved.’