Sunday, 19 January, 2020


Ridley Scott admits his main issue with 'Blade Runner 2049'

Blade Runner 2049’s editor Joe Walker had said that the first cut of the movie ran for four hours Blade Runner 2049’s editor Joe Walker had said that the first cut of the movie ran for four hours
Hannah Rogers | 28 December, 2017, 23:17

How often are you asked to do that? We're guessing Ridley Scott, who said the theatrical version was already "f-king way too long", will be pleased.

So don't expect a "director's cut", or "final cut", like Scott released in the decades following 1982's Blade Runner. Director Denis Villeneuve is still wrapping his head around why the movie underperformed, but the original film's director has an idea of why it didn't work.

Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, though critically acclaimed, didn't do so hot at the box office.

At the age of 80, and with the career he's had, Ridley Scott clearly isn't interested in mincing words about anything - including his own projects.

He also thinks it wasn't a success because it was "way too long". "I thought it was a massive mistake to do Apocalypse Now Redux".

"I have to be careful what I say", Scott told Vulture. "I have to be careful what I say", he says. It was f*cking way too long. I'm going to create an AI. "I'm being a bitch".

Of course, in ScreenCrush's great interview with Villeneuve - which you should read all of - the case of the disparity between rave critical reviews and an absent audience was brought up.

But it's true that Ridley probably shouldn't talk, since there are seven different versions of his "Blade Runner" out there, including a USA theatrical cut, an worldwide cut, the director's cut, and a final cut, among others.

At almost three hours, one of the major criticisms of Blade Runner 2049 was that it was overlong, but whether that was down to the script or the way director Denis Villeneuve paced and edited the film is a subject for debate.

"I'm still digesting it".

"It [Blade Runner 2049] had the best [reviews] of my life", he said. When you get a guy who's done a low-budget movie and you suddenly give him $180 million, it makes no sense whatsoever. It will still make tons of money but not enough. I think the larger problem is that Warner Bros. overestimated the number of people who had seen the original and may have felt lost with a direct sequel.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos.

Because I know what I'm doing.

"Blade Runner 2049" just came out on digital this week, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD arriving on January 16.

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