Famed director Ridley Scott had some precise thoughts on the revival of his 1982 science fiction drama Blade Runner. In an interview with Vulture, Scott spoke about his reshoot of All the Money in the World, and his ability to routinely produce films under-budget and in record time, but the conversation soon turned to Blade Runner 2049. When asked about his feelings on the 2017 Dennis Villeneuve directed sequel of his '80s hit, he was pretty blunt.
Though Scott prefaced with, "I have to be careful what I say," he couldn't help letting his true feelings be known when he continued, "It was fucking way too long. Fuck me! And most of that script’s mine." The original film clocks in at an hour and 57 minutes, an already hefty run time, but the 2017 version gives the original a run for its money being 2 hours and 44 minutes long.
Scott articulated his idea as to why the movie had such an excessively long run time when he said, "When you get a guy who’s done a low-budget movie and you suddenly give him $180 million, it makes no sense whatsoever."
Scott continued, "This is where experience does matter, it’s as simple as that! It can make you dull as dishwater, but if you’re really experienced and you know what you’re doing, it’s fucking essential. Grow into it, little by little. Start low-budget, get a little bit bigger, maybe after $20 million, you can go to $80. But don’t suddenly go to $160."