Denis Villenueve Would Like to 'Revisit' The Blade Runner Universe, But Not For A Sequel

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With films like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villenueve has cemented his name as the next big thing in sci-fi movies. Villenueve is currently working on the Dune movie, but he says that he would very much love to come back to the world of replicants and blade runners.

Talking to Empire, Villenueve explains that he would love to go back to Blade Runner, not for a sequel, but a spinoff. He says, "It's such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world… The problem is have is the word ‘sequel'. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I'd like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it."

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Though Villenueve is well regarded today when it comes to his films, that isn't often a guarantee when it comes to box office success. Sure, 2049 was a critical darling, but it famously underperformed at the box office. While a spinoff idea with Villenueve attached does sound good, I'm not sure if Sony would be so eager to greenlight the project.

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For now, all eyes are on Villenueve's Dune movie which has managed to assemble quite the impressive cast. Just a few names on the list include Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Dave Bautistsa, Timothy Chalamet, and Rebecca Ferguson; and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

We don't know when Villenueve will come back to the world of Blade Runner, but Dune is set to hit theaters Dec. 18.

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