Ridley Scott is one of the best living directors left from that old Hollywood. The British filmmaker emerged inheriting the best of 70s cinema and it was precisely at the end of that decade that he released Alien, the eighth passenger. Horror and science fiction went hand in hand and this would be a record that he would explore again with Blade Runner in 1982. However, instead of mixing sci-fi with horror, on that occasion he brought together everything he had learned and the Philip K. Dick material in a sort of detective neo-noir. Critics didn’t like it at the time, but today it’s considered a cult classic. In this way, in a short time he became the new master of the genre. What he does not remove so that the Oscar winner regrets having returned to one of his worlds with the prequel to Alien: Covenant, instead of directing Blade Runner 2049.
Ridley Scott on the set of ‘Prometheus’ (Century Fox)
Scott was going to direct Blade Runner 2049, but after a scheduling conflict with the filming of Alien: Covenant, the sequel to the Prometheus prequel that he filmed in 2012: “I shouldn’t have had to make that decision. But I had to. I should have made Blade Runner 2049,” the director said in a recent interview.
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The director served as executive producer and the direction went to the Canadian Denis Villeneuve, winning three Oscars. One for the best visual effects, another for the sound editing and finally a well-deserved statuette for the director of photography, Roger Deakins. Villeneuve would later admit that the film was a product that “flirted with disaster” due to its large budget that reached 300 million dollars between production costs and marketing. “It was a dangerous game…with Blade Runner you had to be respectful of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece. It was more of an act of love”, Villeneuve pointed out in an interview in 2021 with the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ (Warner Bros Pictures)
Let’s hope Scott hasn’t regretted his other big comeback, when he releases Gladiator 2 in 2024. The film will be released 25 years after the events of the first film, following in the footsteps of an adult Lucius, played by Oscar nominee, Paul Mescal.
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