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Published On: Sat, Dec 31st, 2016

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director confirms the new film will be R-rated, not much green screen work

While fans may be excited for a Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, and now it seems the new film will also be rated R. Director Denis Villeneuve has confirmed the rating during a talk with Screen Daily.

“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 stated.

Warner Bros. could be taking a risk with such an expensive sci-fi movie that is rated R, but the outlet notes that the decision could be due to Deadpool‘s success earlier this year, which earned $738 million worldwide and prompted the studio to greenlight Logan for a R-rating.

Villeneuve also talked about how Blade Runner 2049 used many practical effects and sets, one reason why it has such a high cost.

“I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set,” he said. “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.”

Will Blade Runner 2049 have a follow-up or will the Sicario director stay in the sci-fi genre: “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.”

Returning is Harrison Ford reprising the role of Rick Deckard with a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling. The new film also stars Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

Blade Runner 2049 is set for release on October 6th.

Synopsis:

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.

 

 

 

 

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