At two hours and forty-four minutes, BLADE RUNNER 2049 was one of the longer major releases of the past year, and although the long-awaited sequel was mostly praised by audiences, some felt that it was a little too slow and much too long. It turns out that Ridley Scott, who executive produced and assisted in the story of BLADE RUNNER 20149, believes that the film could have benefited from a shorter run-time as well. During an interview with Vulture, the director spoke about why BLADE RUNNER 2049 failed to impress at the box-office.
[Whispers] I have to be careful what I say. I have to be careful what I say. It was fucking way too long. Fuck me! And most of that script’s mine.
You won’t find Ridley Scott’s name among the writing credits for BLADE RUNNER 2049, but Scott said that he was there for much of the process. “I sit with writers for an inordinate amount of time and I will not take credit, because it means I’ve got to sit there with a tape recorder while we talk,” Scott said. “I can’t do that to a good writer. But I have to, because to prove I’m part of the actual process, I have to then have an endless amount [of proof], and I can’t be bothered.” Scott gets into a few SPOILERS about which elements of BLADE RUNNER 2049 came from him, but we’ll pick those up after the following trailer.
Still with us? Alright, back to your regularly scheduled Ridley Scott.
But the big idea comes from Blade Runner. Tyrell is a trillionaire, maybe 5 to 10 percent of his business is AI. Like God, he has created perfect beings that, for all intents and purposes, there is no telling the difference from humans. Then he says, “You know what? I’m going to create an AI. I’ll have a male and female, they will not know that they’re both AIs, I’ll have them meet each other, they will fall in love, they will consummate, and they will have a child.” That’s the first film. The second film is, what happens to the baby? You’ve got to have the baby, you can’t have the mother, so the mother has to inexplicably die four months after she breastfeeds. The bones are found in the box at the foot of the tree — that’s all me. And the digital girlfriend is me. I wanted an evolution from Pris, who is inordinately sexy in the original, right?
BLADE RUNNER 2049 will be released on DVD/Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD on January 16, 2018.