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Roger Deakins Will Be Cinematographer on Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner'

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May 20, 2015

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This is when everyone should finally lose their sh*t. It has been officially announced that the new Blade Runner movie, being directed by Denis Villeneuve, will feature Roger Deakins as cinematographer. What?! DEAKINS?! Awesome, just awesome. Roger Deakins is one of the best cinematographers working today, only rivaled by the likes of Emmanuel Lubezki or Janusz Kaminski . He has been working with Denis Villeneuve on his last two films, shooting both Prisoners and Sicario (which just premiered at Cannes) for the Quebecois filmmaker. They'll move onto Blade Runner, even though it likely won't start shooting until 2016 sometime. No other details were revealed, and the press release doesn't even mention Gosling (yet).

"Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to Blade Runner to the big screen," the producers said.

Here's all we do know: Harrison Ford has already been confirmed to return as Rick Deckard, and the story takes place decades after the events of the original Blade Runner, which was actually set in the year 2019. Word is that Ryan Gosling has also been cast in the lead role, but nothing is confirmed on that front yet. Production won't start until the summer of 2016. Denis Villeneuve is directing from a script by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original Blade Runner, with Green Lantern writer Michael Green contributing as well. And finally, Roger Deakins will be cinematographer. Deakins last shot Villeneuve's Sicario and the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!, and has 12 Oscar nominations, but no win yet. Everything about this sounds like it's potentially going to turn out pretty damn good. And now with Deakins? I must admit: I can't wait.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

Well it will look nice at least

eurogibbon on May 20, 2015

2

Have you seen any of Denis Villeneuve's films? Enemy & Prisoners were two of the smartest, if not The smartest, films in the last few years, and his previous films weren't half-assing in intelligence either. "Losing our shit" was warranted at the announcement of him directing, Deakins filming is reassurance as far as I'm concerned. My doubts are with Michael Green and whoever else might be touching the screenplay, but even then if it ends up sucking hopefully Villeneuve will just drop out Edgar Wright/Antman style instead of staying on like Gavin Hood/Origins: Wolverine.

Beef Billionaire on May 20, 2015

3

Seen everything of Villeneuve and he is a master...

ari smulders on May 20, 2015

4

My sentiments exactly.

DAVIDPD on May 20, 2015

5

I was hesitant about the film before this article. Now I have to see it.

ST on May 20, 2015

6

Most fanboys will undoubtedly still gripe this film is still being made.

DAVIDPD on May 20, 2015

7

Bladerunner is the best sience fiction movie ever made, it needs to have great sequel. Villeneuve and deakins are the best choice ever and if Ryan Gosling is in it, it's the best casting choice ever, he is perfect for the movie. I hope they onley use the frase:in a nearby future, and not Los Angeles 2033. It was a total screw up from ridley scott and made the movie outdated...

ari smulders on May 20, 2015

8

Great news.

Н.И. + on May 20, 2015

9

Not meaning to sound negative, but just becase a great cimematgropher has joined a film, that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be good. Sure, visually it will probably be amazing. You did see Prometheus right?

CShane on May 21, 2015

10

Of course, totally understand what you're saying. But Deakins is not just a "great cinematographer", he's one of the best. And at the very least this film is going to look amazing. Not saying it'll be good, but knowing Deakins is attached to shoot it just makes me that much more excited about it.

Alex Billington on May 21, 2015

11

12 Oscar nominations and not a single win. That right there says all you need to know about the Academy.

Charles Knowlton on May 21, 2015

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