Denis Villeneuve wants to make another Blade Runner movie

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de A…

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.

In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas.

While the sci-fi sequel was a hit with the critics, it was a box office disappointment and fell much shorter than projections.

However, Villeneuve hasn’t been put off by the experience and would be keen to explore that universe further, although he would prefer to make an “unconnected” film rather than a direct follow-up.

“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he told Empire magazine. “The problem I 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.”

The French-Canadian director, who is currently finishing up his remake of Dune, previously shared that he was confused about why the positive reviews didn’t translate to better box offices sales with Blade Runner 2049, which had a running time of two hours and 44 minutes.

“We had the best (critics’ reviews). I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time, the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tonnes of money, but not enough,” the 52-year-old told Yahoo. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies – I don’t sell them.”

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Sylvester Stallone plotting Hong Kong thriller

Sylvester Stallone is planning to make a new action thriller in Hong Kong.The action star’s latest movie, Rambo: Last Blood, debuts on Friday and he has another instalment in the Rocky/Creed franchise on the way.However, the 73-year-old told Variety th…

Sylvester Stallone is planning to make a new action thriller in Hong Kong.

The action star’s latest movie, Rambo: Last Blood, debuts on Friday and he has another instalment in the Rocky/Creed franchise on the way.

However, the 73-year-old told Variety that he’s already lining up his next major project – a Blade Runner-style thriller set in Hong Kong.

“I may be doing a movie in China soon. Top secret. A big one,” he explained, adding that his character would be “definitely an out-of-sync, two-generations-behind, definitely-wouldn’t-use-Alexa (Amazon’s virtual assistant) kind of guy.”

China has become a lucrative market for Hollywood movies, with filmmakers increasingly looking to shoot blockbusters in the nation.

Sylvester added that he wanted to bring a more cerebral approach to his new project than the action-packed franchise movies set there.

“Right now, a lot of guys go over there to do action movies, but I think you could do more than that – do more suspense, more of a story,” the star said. “I think I’ve found the combination. It’s more like a Blade Runner, because when you’re dealing with the two mixed cultures at the same time….I don’t want to tip it off, but it’s f**king cool.”

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Daryl Hannah and Neil Young’s new film snapped up by Netflix ahead of festival debut

Blade Runner star Daryl Hannah’s feature directorial debut Paradox has been snapped up by bosses at Netflix ahead of its worldwide premiere at the South by Southwest festival next week (15Mar18). The film, which features the actress’ boyfriend Neil Yo…

Blade Runner star Daryl Hannah’s feature directorial debut Paradox has been snapped up by bosses at Netflix ahead of its worldwide premiere at the South by Southwest festival next week (15Mar18).

The film, which features the actress’ boyfriend Neil Young and the members of his backing band Promise of the Real, will stream globally on Netflix on 23 March, the same day as the release of the movie’s soundtrack.

Young, who plays The Man in the Black Hat in the outlaw western, also composed the original music for the film with Willie Nelson’s son Lukas, the frontman for Promise of the Real, who backed the veteran rocker at the Desert Trip festival in 2016, and who will hit the stage with him at the Arroyo Seco Weekend event in June (18).

Hannah wrote and directed Paradox, revealing the project “sprung up spontaneously and unexpectedly, like a peculiar dandelion, popping up between the cracks in the pavement”.

She adds, “We were fortunate to find this brief window of opportunity to share the love for the natural world, each other and for the precious seeds of creativity and life. We are all thrilled the film will premiere at SXSW and that Netflix will be sharing it with the world.”

Willie Nelson, Corey McCormick, and Tato Melgar will also appear in the film.

Daryl has tasted success behind the camera in the past – her 1993 short film The Last Supper won a Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany.

The Kill Bill star also directed the 2002 documentary Strip Notes, which she shot while researching her role as an exotic dancer in director Michael Radford’s 2000 movie Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

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