Director Denis Villeneuve is about to launch a potential science-fiction franchise with Legendary’s Dune in December which could be on par with Star Wars (George Lucas took a lot from the Frank Herbert novel) concerning the world-building and scale.
However, while speaking with Empire he revealed he isn’t finished with the Blade Runner universe and is considering the idea of coming back if he can make a different film/story that is unconnected to the first two movies including his own Blade Runner 2049.
Villeneuve looked back at his experience working on the film – and hinted that he might not be done with that universe yet. “It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he says – adding that he would be interested in another movie if it was ‘unconnected’ from the first two.
VILLENEUVE: “The problem is 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.”
Blade Runner sadly didn’t make a profit as the film budgeted at $150 million ended up only earning $259.2 million globally, so it might be a hard sell unless Denis can convince the Alcon/Warner Bros. to take another chance with another movie.
The Dune franchise (distributed by Warner Bros.) will seemingly be Denis’ priority for the foreseeable future as the first film hasn’t released and Legendary is already developing a sequel with screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Dune) along with a spinoff series Dune: The Sisterhood for HBO Max.
Dune is set to be released on December 18th, taking the prime holiday spot from the Star Wars franchise and likely won’t have much competition.
WarnerMedia/Alcon could work something out to expand the Blade Runner universe similar to how Dune is being branched-out beyond movies and getting a live-action Blade Runner series on HBO/HBO Max would be a dream alongside new movies would be amazing.
As a Blade Runner fan, I loved what Denis did with Blade Runner 2049 and seeing more of that world with or without connections to the previous two films is fine by me, whatever gets us there is par for the course.
Blade Runner 2049 ended on a cliffhanger along with leaving room open for a third film, but having the first two movies simply two stories within this larger universe wouldn’t shocking given that there are multiple off-world colonies on distant planets that could be explored as well.
They don’t have to simply explore Los Angeles given the size of the universe.
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.