ByPeter Flynn, writer at Creators.co
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Peter Flynn

Who is the illusive "they" that we speak of when we say things like "they're making a Blade Runner sequel". It seems we on the internet are more than happy to bemoan the output of an anonymous filmmaking machine that just won't leave the past alone, while knowing absolutely nothing about the individuals involved. It's been extremely easy to do this with Blade Runner 2, a project that seems so pointless on the face of it, I could imagine it being the product of some kind of market analytics A.I.

Alas, that is not the case. Blade Runner 2 is shockingly being made by actual human beings with thoughts and ideas. Hopefully, clearing up exactly who is behind each role in this project will make everyone a little more optimistic about Blade Runner 2, which, let's be honest, probably won't be the title, so stop worrying about how awful "Blade Runner 2" sounds. Everyone knows it sounds awful, even the people making the movie.

Roger Deakins and Denis Villeneuve team up again

Deakins and Villeneuve worked together on Prisoners
Deakins and Villeneuve worked together on Prisoners

Roger Deakins is a veteran cinematographer who's made his presence felt in Hollywood more than enough to be worthy of working on Blade Runner 2. He's managed the visuals behind films like Skyfall, The Assassination of Jesse James and Fargo. Blade Runner 2 will see Deakins collaborate once more with director Denis Villeneuve, who most recently worked with Jake Gyllenhaal on Enemy. Having worked with Deakins on 2013's Prisoners, Villeneuve tends to nail claustrophobic atmospheres in his films. This is perfect for Blade Runner. The collaboration of these two creates something far from Ridley Scott's modern work, but very close to the hazy, almost fever dream tone of the original Blade Runner.

Based on an original idea by Hampton Fanchera and Ridley Scott

More shirtless Rutger Hauer is my prediction!
More shirtless Rutger Hauer is my prediction!

We can say goodbye to fears of adapting K.W. Jeter's Blade Runner sequels; this next film will be grounded in original ideas developed by co-writer of the original Blade Runner, Hampton Fanchera, and Ridley Scott. This is ultimately a good sign, for the new film is expanding off of the original rather than trying to adapt a completely detached product. What Scott's original ideas might bring us, we will have to wait and see. If Prometheus and [Exodus: Gods and Kings](tag:44617) are anything to go by, we could risk Blade Runner being all about big universe-wide events, when really it was the opposite of that. Still, Blade Runner 2 is still in pre-production, and script changes can always happen.

Ryan Gosling in talks to star

Isn't he just perfect?
Isn't he just perfect?

Complaining about Harrison Ford being unnecessarily cast in things is like complaining about Volcanoes. It's just something that's always going to happen, and we simply have to work around it. I've learned to accept that the presence of an old Rick Deckard will ruin the brilliant ambiguity of the first film, and now I'm just focussing on stuff I do like. Like Ryan Gosling being in talks to co-star!

Ryan Gosling fits Blade Runner so well. He's classy, but not so classy that you couldn't put him in a movie with space ships and robots. Gosling fits the investigative noir look brilliantly, and would make an excellent Blade Runner in the story. Or maybe he'll be a replicant. Or maybe both. Oh wait we don't do that anymore apparently!

Screw ambiguity!
Screw ambiguity!

So there you have it; a set of reasons why Blade Runner 2 might not be the most disingenuous Hollywood project of our time. You can actually be optimistic about it. Feels weird doesn't it! Don't worry, I'm sure they'll announce something we can all be made about soon enough!

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