We're by no means an industry news site, but sometimes a piece of industry news comes along that is so exciting that I can't help be filled with pure unbridled joy. One such piece of news arrived today.
According to The Verge, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi opus, Blade Runner, which is widely considered to be one of the finest films ever made, will be shot by none other than Roger Deakins. In case you missed it the first time around, here's a brief taste of what Deakins has accomplished in his tremendous career behind the camera:
What's perhaps most exciting about this announcement is that Deakins, who is an undisputed master of light and composition, will have a chance to build upon the style one of the most beautifully-shot films in cinema history. Jordan Cronenweth, the storied cinematography who shot the original, built an immense and immersive visual style for Blade Runner consisting of deep shadows and vibrant colors and shafts of light so strong that you can't help but get pulled into them. Here's a recent trailer for one of the many cuts of Blade Runner, and it's a trailer that really gives you a great sense of the visual mastery that Deakins will undoubtedly build upon.
All in all, it will be fascinating to see how Deakins takes the visual style and tonality of the Blade Runner universe and adapts it to both his own and director Denis Villeneuve's aesthetic sensibilities (this is the same guy who collaborated with Deakins on Prisoners, so it's likely to be fantastic).