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Why Christopher Nolan Didn't Want to Direct 'Blade Runner 2049'

Why Christopher Nolan Didn't Want to Direct 'Blade Runner 2049'
From Slashfilm - January 7, 2018

Read anyChristopher Nolaninterview andhell probably go on at length about how big an influenceBlade Runner plays on his films. Shades of Ridley Scotts seminal sci-fi classic can be found in everything from his superhero starter filmBatman Beginsto his ambitious and cerebral Interstellar.

Nolans love for the 1982 film (hes watched it over 100 times!) fed into the rumorthat he was up to direct theBlade Runner sequel when itwas first announced in 2012. But those rumors soon fell by the wayside when directorDenis Villeneuve stepped up to the plate, delivering 2017sstunning and audaciousBlade Runner 2049.Nolan releasedDunkirk last year instead. But dont go thinking about what might have been. Apparently, Nolan would never want to direct aBlade Runner movie if he could help it.

As with many a Nolan interview, the recentLos Angeles Timesinterview with the director as he embarks on his awards-season press tour forDunkirk brought up his ardor forBlade Runner. But this time, the question had a bit more weight to it thanks to the critical acclaim ofBlade Runner 2049 and its subsequent box office disappointment. If Nolan had done things differently, could we have seen him in the directors chair for aBlade Runner sequel? No, Nolan answered resoundly:

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