Blade Runner 2 Just Hired The Perfect Cinematographer

There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding Blade Runner 2. Do we really need a sequel, especially one with Harrison Ford?

Furthermore, would they be able to create the same iconic world shot by director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth? The debate for the need for the film will rage on until the movie proves one side correct, but we can’t fault them for their choice of cinematographers to succeed Mr. Cronenweth and work with director Denis Villeneuve.

Who’d they hire?

Roger Deakins.

Who is he?

He’s the cinematographer behind such classics as Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption and No Country For Old Man. He also was the cinematographer for the last Bond film, Skyfall. He’s been nominated for 12 Academy Awards. The producers of the film, Alcon Entertainment co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, made a short statement about Deakins joining the team, “Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to BLADE RUNNER to the big screen.”

How do we know he’s such a good pick to shoot the Blade Runner sequel?

The Shanghai sequence in Skyfall comes to mind as the reason why Deakins is perfect. Check out the shot comparisons between that and Blade Runner below:

Bladerunner city

Skyfall city

BR City

SF city

BR close up

SF close up

Sil BR

Sil SF

BR Glass

SF Glass

And, just because, here is some more neon goodness from Skyfall to convince you even more.

SF1

SF2

SF3

We can’t speak for all aspects of Blade Runner 2, but based on Deakins’ previous work we can’t wait to see how it looks.

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