Okay, look – let’s rap here for a second. We live in a cinema landscape where there are basically two kinds of movies (not really but bear with me): superhero flicks and arguably unnecessary sequels to classics from 20 years ago. If we’re being honest with each other, I’m very wary of just about all of them, even if some of them are shaping up to look pretty decent. Blade Runner 2 is definitely at the top of that pile – it’s a movie that absolutely doesn’t need a sequel and arguably exists solely to cash-in on people’s fond memories of the first.
That said, this is some exciting news: cinematographer Roger Deakins will shoot Blade Runner 2, which can only mean good things for the sequel. Deakins has lent his lens to some truly incredible films: Skyfall, The Shawshank Redemption, Revolutionary Road, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, just to scratch the surface of the man’s storied and incredible career. Deakins will again partner with already-announced director Denis Villeneuve. Blade Runner 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) will be their third collaboration, following Prisoners and this year’s Sicario.
The prospect of a Blade Runner 2 is still one that, logically, should be eyed with skepticism. But if we have to live in a universe where that happens, this is the best way to possibly go about it. Color me intrigued but wary.