There will only be one version of Blade Runner 2049, according to director Denis Villeneuve
Director Denis Villeneuve says there will only be one version of Blade Runner 2049, unlike the first film, which had multiple versions. We got a chance to speak to the director of the upcoming sequel, and he told us his thoughts on multiple cuts of a single story.
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We asked him if he was planning on putting multiple versions of the film out there. He said, “No, no. I don’t believe in that. When I cut something out, it’s because it’s dead after that. It’s like a branch of a tree, cut. I never put [out] extended versions or additional footage. If it’s not in the movie, it’s because we felt it was not appropriate or good enough. I don’t do that. I hate that. Honestly… it’s never better, the extended version. There was a reason. Even Apocalypse Now. Apocalypse Now Redux is not a good idea. I don’t believe in it, apart from Touch of Evil. The rest of the time, most of the movies, the original versions, and Blade Runner… that’s the truth.”
He also said that he prefers the very first version and the 2007 version of the original film. In case you’re wondering about the original film, there was the theatrical release, the international theatrical release, the U.S. broadcast version, the director’s cut and the final cut from 2007.
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 blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
The film also stars Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos and Jared Leto. The sequel arrives in theaters on October 6, 2017. Are you guys excited for the film? What do you think of Denis Villeneuve’s comments? Let us know below!