Blade Runner 2049 production diary reveals boring alternate title and other fun facts

Blade Runner 2049 was clearly a big, complicated project, if only because we’ve heard a lot about the different iterations it went through and the details that were changed late in production. We already heard that it was originally four hours long, though that version was never meant for the public, and now Collider has…

El-P shares his rejected Blade Runner 2049 demo

Last year, Run The Jewels’ El-P shared a brief snippet of a song he’d recently written, a demo for a possible gig as the score composer for Denis Villeneuve’s then-upcoming Blade Runner 2049. El-P didn’t end up getting the job—it went to Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch instead—but he’s finally decided to let fans…

Denis Villeneuve says he can't get away with making another "art house movie" like Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villenueve’s latest film, Blade Runner 2049 was a mixed success; critically praised, the film failed to do much at all at the U.S. box office. (European audiences were more kind.) Just in case you needed a reminder that, in Hollywood, you’re only as good as your last picture, though, Villeneuve—whose previous…

Blade Runner 2049's director thinks he knows why it didn't score a Best Picture nomination

Blade Runner 2049 was a resounding success in every way save financially. The ambitious, artistically challenging sequel to a 35-years-prior film managed to dazzle audiences while also creating admirers out of those who weren’t even necessarily big fans of the original. But one group that didn’t love it were Oscar…

Saudi Arabia takes terrifying step to the future by granting a robot citizenship 

Every advancement in artificial intelligence technology seems like a step closer to one of Hollywood’s many robot-related dystopias. A robot becomes impossibly good at Ms. Pac-Man? That robot will soon be a Terminator. Robots learn how to track humans even when not on the internet? That will be helpful for when the…

Blade Runner 2049’s title could’ve been much, much sillier

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is a great title, a science-fiction koan that looks great in any era’s typography and instantly marks the dystopian novel as the work of Philip K. Dick. But just like “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” “Second Variety,” or How About A Cyborg Pope, Do Androids Dream Of Electric…

Read This: Why does cyberpunk keep making Asian cities without Asians? 

We, as impressionable humans, tend to fetishize the cultures that fascinate us. All it takes is one quick jaunt through downtown Tokyo to become convinced that its style, architecture, and mood is a peek into the future of the rest of the world, which is part of what led to it being associated with the “cyberpunk”…

Forget it, Kinbote, it’s Chinatown: A Blade Runner 2049 reference guide

Didn’t get the reference? The A.V. Club is here to help, picking apart the network of literary references and allusions that make up the ambitious alternate-future reality of Blade Runner 2049. The cyberpunk novelist William Gibson once praised the original Blade Runner’s intoxicating mix of quotations and designs as…