Ridley Scott has revealed his belief that Blade Runner 2049 was “way too long”.
Scott, who directed the original Blade Runner in 1982, helped produce the long-awaited sequel, which came out back in October and starred Ryan Gosling and the original film’s lead, Harrison Ford.
Blade Runner 2049 clocked in at a mammoth 164 minutes – a fact that Scott clearly didn’t approve of, as he revealed in a new interview.
“I have to be careful what I say,” he told Vulture in, as the publication notes, a whisper. “I have to be careful what I say. It was fucking way too long. Fuck me! And most of that script’s mine.
“I sit with writers for an inordinate amount of time and I will not take credit, because it means I’ve got to sit there with a tape recorder while we talk,” he continued. “I can’t do that to a good writer. But I have to, because to prove I’m part of the actual process, I have to then have an endless amount [of proof], and I can’t be bothered.”
Although he says that 2049‘s “big idea comes from Blade Runner“, Scott later added: “I shouldn’t talk. I’m being a bitch.”
Last month, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve responded to criticism of his film’s portrayal of its female characters.