Denis Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049, took to a new interview to share his recurring interest in creating another film for the series. But only if it wasn’t a “sequel”.
The director took up the unenviable challenge of creating the second installment of the Blade Runner series so perfectly begun by Ridley Scott in 1982. The 2017 sequel was a critical success but underperformed at the box office by grossing $260 million worldwide.
That has perhaps kept the fire burning in Villeneuve but it has also made him re-think whether or not he would be keen to add just another title to the growing series. The creator suggesting he would prefer to move away from the previous films, despite wanting to use the same universe.
“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” Villeneuve told Empire. While the oppressive smog-filled world of Blade Runner may not be the first place for inspiration you’d happen upon, it’s clearly a place the director would like to explore again.
During the interview, Villeneuve suggested that it was the labeling of projects that may be holding him back. “The problem I have is the word ‘sequel’. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes.”
“It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future…I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”