‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Confirms R-Rating, Limited CGI Effects and Teases Sequels

Dec 22, 2016

Fans of the original Blade Runner have been extremely curious if director Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel would keep a lot of the in camera effects along with it’s original R-rating intact.

While speaking with Screen Daily, Denis confirmed the film’s R-rating and their conscience attempt to limit the amount of CGI effects used in the film.

“My producers are finding it fun to remind me that it will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made,” Villeneuve disclosed.

“I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set. Most of the movie was done on camera, me and [cinematographer] Roger Deakins worked very hard to do it that way.

“My actors were not walking on green screens all day long. CGI is a strong tool for backgrounds and extensions but what is around the actors needs to be as real as possible. When I watch a movie that’s mostly CGI, I’m disengaged,” he continued.

Villeneuve also teased possible ideas for two more installments if he has the chance to explore them is another question entirely.

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“I’m doomed, I love sci-fi. I have two more ideas now that I would love to do. [And] Blade Runner could go on… we’ll see how this one goes.”

Denis is now in talks to direct Legendary Pictures’ Dune remake, so we’ll have to wait and see if he’ll return to direct sequels.

Our good friend Jeff Sneider from Mashable was the first one to point out that Blade Runner sequels were on the table at Alcon. It looks like he was on the money with that one as well.

EW also posted a bunch of promo photos and stills from the film.

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. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The film is set for release in October 6th, 2017.

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