Magazine article Screen International

Blade Runner 2049' Will Be R-Rated, Confirms Denis Villeneuve

Magazine article Screen International

Blade Runner 2049' Will Be R-Rated, Confirms Denis Villeneuve

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Denis Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049, has revealed that the film-makers are aiming for an R-rating for the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel.

Speaking to Screen, Villeneuve also confirmed that the film wrapped shooting in late November and the editing process has now commenced in Los Angeles.

"My producers are finding it fun to remind me that it will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made," Villeneuve disclosed.

The decision to shoot for an R-rating is likely to have been influenced by the success of Ryan Reynolds' superhero caper Deadpool in early 2016, which carried an R certificate but made $783m worldwide at the box office, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film ever released.

Warner Bros has set a US release date of October 6, 2017 for Blade Runner 2049. Sony Pictures is handling most international territories.

Villeneuve's most recent release Arrival, the sci-fistarring Amy Adams, was rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), but his previous films Sicario, Enemy and Prisoners all carried R-ratings.

If Blade Runner 2049 is granted an R-rating by the MPAA, in the UK this would be likely to translate to a 15 certificate being granted by the British Board of Film Classification. …

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