Unlike the original 1982 movie, which received a 1992 Director’s Cut, followed by a Final Cut in 2007, it seems that the upcoming theatrical version of Blade Runner 2049 will be the definitive edition of the hotly-anticipated sci-fi sequel – at least, as far as director Denis Villeneuve is concerned.
During an interview with Europe Plus (via Screen Rant), Villeneuve stated that: “The thing is, the movie you’re going to see is the director’s cut. There will be no further … maybe there’ll be a ‘studio version’ [laughs], maybe a producer version, but not a director’s version. That’s my director’s cut. So I don’t think there will be further versions. If there are alternate versions, they’re not from me.”
Blade Runner 2049 clocks in 163 minutes, and according to reports, Villeneuve has enjoyed full creative freedom of the movie, something which his above comment definitely supports. Still, maybe we’ll get a couple of different Ridley Scott cuts in a few years time…
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.
Blade Runner 2049 is set for release on October 6th and sees Harrison Ford reprising the role of Rick Deckard alongside Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Edward James Olmos.