Roger Deakins Talks Shooting Blade Runner Sequel

blade105In a wide-ranging interview with Screen Crush, cinematographer Roger Deakins talks about his plans for the upcoming Blade Runner 2.

We're just treating the new one as what it is; it's an entirely separate movie that will stand by itself. I mean obviously it has elements that connect it to the original. But it's going to stand alone by itself as a movie. And I'm not going to do shafts of light coming through a window with rain just for the sake of doing shafts of light and rain — although it was really superb the way it was done. No, you have to think about the script and approach it anew.

I like the idea that the sequel will not have to slavishly recreate the look of the original film, a look that has been copied countless times and no longer looks as revolutionary as it once did. The first film was shot by Jordan Cronenweth, though the "shafts of light and rain" visual elements were things director Ridley Scott was already toying with in his earlier films.

Deakins also discussed his decision to take on the project, directed by his Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villenuve. "There's so few good science-fiction films out there. Of all the science-fiction films, this deserves another," he said,