These days you never know what kind of ratings we’re going to get for films. A lot of studios want to go the PG-13 route so they can target bigger audience to bring in more money. For example Robocop, Total Recall, and Predators were all R-rated films that ended up getting PG-13 follow-up films.
That’s not going to happen with the Ridley Scott-produced sequel to Blade Runner, though. Director Denis Villeneuve recently did an interview with Screen Daily and said:
“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.”
Not only is the movie rated R, but it’s going to be one of the most expensive rated R movies ever made? Impressive. Hopefully, the audience shows up! The director also talked about shooting the film and how he made an active attempt to use as little green screen work as possible during the shooting of the film.
“I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set. 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.”
Exciting stuff! I loved what I saw of the film in the first teaser trailer. it looked freakin’ great, and it definitely got the fans of the original excited for the sequel. It’ll be interesting to see where they take the story and the character of Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 arrives on October 6, 2017. Make sure to watch the teaser trailer for the film here!