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Ridley Scott: 'Blade Runner 2049' was 'way too long'

Ridley Scott: 'Blade Runner 2049' was 'way too long'”

Never known for mincing his words, Ridley Scott has spoken his mind once again, this time about Blade Runner 2049.

It comes after "Blade Runner 2049" director Denis Villeneuve said he had to ask Scott to leave the film set - because he couldn't work under the pressure of being watched by his hero. He definitely won't be reading your responses, but it might make you feel better, anyway.

At almost three hours, one of the major criticisms of Blade Runner 2049 was that it was overlong, but whether that was down to the script or the way director Denis Villeneuve paced and edited the film is a subject for debate. That whole Vulture interview is gold - including talk about "Star Wars" and the "Bohemian Rhapsody" mess. "I have to be careful what I say", he says. It was f**king way too long.

"I have to be careful what I say", he whispered, before continuing less carefully: "It was f--ing way too long. F**k me! And most of that script's mine", Scott told Vulture. And "Blade Runner" was hardly a smash at the box office in its initial release either, with it too being called "slow" (even at 117 minutes vs. "2049" at 163 minutes.) The "misunderstood" film earned cult status, and was only accepted as a masterpiece over time. Like God, he has created flawless beings that, for all intents and purposes, there is no telling the difference from humans.

Ridley Scott: 'Blade Runner 2049' was 'way too long'

With a runtime of close to three hours, you could say that some people who aren't so invested in the franchise would get frustrated with the long runtime. I'm going to create an AI. "Because I know what I'm doing". The second film is, what happens to the baby? The bones are found in the box at the foot of the tree - that's all me. While it was met with critical acclaim, the big budget sequel performed below expectations at the box office, making only $91.5 million in the United States and Canada.

Elements of the story like Joi, Agent K's digital girlfriend, and the premise of the search for the mythic AI baby were Scott's ideas, he said. And in true Ridley Scott fashion, he closes out the conversation with, "I shouldn't talk".

"I make movies, I don't sell them", Villeneuve added.



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