There’s Only One Cut of ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ and It’s the Only Cut We’ll Ever See
The upcoming Blade Runner 2049 follows the legacy of one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made, but director Denis Villeneuve will not be taking part in one very contentious tradition. Fans of the original Blade Runner still delight in arguing with their buddies over which cut — theatrical, director’s, workprint, international, final — is the best one, but we won’t fall into the same trap with Blade Runner 2049 — because the only cut of Blade Runner 2049 that exists is the one we’ll see in the theater.
While talking with ComingSoon.net, Villeneuve explained how his particular way of moviemaking doesn’t allow for additional cuts.
When I cut something out, it’s because it’s dead after that. It’s like a branch of a tree, cut. I never put [out] extended versions or additional footage. If it’s not in the movie, it’s because we felt it was not appropriate or good enough. I don’t do that. I hate that. Honestly… it’s never better, the extended version. There was a reason. Even Apocalypse Now. Apocalypse Now Redux is not a good idea. I don’t believe in it, apart from Touch of Evil. The rest of the time, most of the movies, the original versions, and Blade Runner… that’s the truth.
Villeneuve certainly doesn’t seem like the kind of director who revisits his movies. Once one is out in the open, that’s the end of it, and it’s time to move on to the next. It’ll be relaxing to know that what we see in the theater is the whole thing, but still interesting to wonder what kinds of ideas and scenes were left on the cutting room floor. At least we still have all those Blade Runner cuts to continue straining our friendships over.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6, 2017.