The director of Blade Runner 2 has revealed that, like the original film’s director Ridley Scott, he does not have control over the sequel’s final cut.
Famously, Scott didn’t have final cut over his 1982 sci-fi classic, which led to it being released with an awkward studio-inserted voiceover and a “happy ending” which the director disliked. Scott later removed both for 1992’s Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut, which is widely perceived as being superior, and made even more changes for 2007’s Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the only version over which he had complete creative control.
Despite what happened first time around, Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) has revealed that he does not have final cut either.
“I agreed to do it because the producers behind Blade Runner are two friends,” he told Variety. “I made Prisoners with them, and I knew the environment they would create around me would be very secure. I don’t really have final cut on it.”
“The thing I realised about final cut, is it’s the power of the best cut,” he added. “I didn’t have final cut on Prisoners, but what you saw is the best cut. Sicario is a director’s cut, Arrival is a director’s cut. I cannot talk about it, I will see. My relationship with the people I am working with is very strong. At the end of the day what will win is the best movie.”
Alongside Harrison Ford, actors including Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Carla Juri, Ana de Armas, Hiam Abbass, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks and Dave Bautista have all been cast in the currently-untitled sequel.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the film from a script written by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original, and Michael Green, who is also working on Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Prometheus sequel. Ridley Scott is serving as an executive producer on the sequel.
The idea for the sequel, which is understood to take place several decades after the conclusion of Blade Runner, was devised by Scott and Fancher. Scott has previously revealed that Ford’s iconic character Rick Deckard will not appear in the entirety of Blade Runner 2, saying: “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”
Last year it was reported that a company used in the past by Warner Bros., the studio behind the sequel, has registered the domain names bladerunnerandroidsdreammovie.com and androidsdreammovie.com, suggesting the sequel might be titled Blade Runner: Android Dreams or simply Androids Dream.
The film will open in cinemas in October 2017.