The sequel to Blade Runner came out last year and while it had a near-impossible task of matching the quality of a cult classic, many felt the follow-up succeeded. It makes one wonder if we could see even more Blade Runner movies in the future. If we do, at least one major director has taken himself out of consideration for the job. While the original Blade Runner is a particular favorite of Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan, he says that his love for the franchise is exactly why he couldn't do it. According to Nolan...
No. There are a lot of movies that are on such a pedestal that to try and either remake them or follow them up would be too tricky. I have to find a way around things. So, like, Interstellar is very much, as people would say, in dialogue with 2001 [A Space Odyssey]. You have to find your own way around.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Nolan mentions his love of 2001 A Space Odyssey as well, a movie he saw when he was a kid that had a profound impact on him. It seems that Interstellar was sort of his way to make a movie like 2001 without actually trying to remake it otherwise make a film directly connected to it. It sounds like Nolan might be interested in one day making a movie that was inspired by Blade Runner, but he wouldn't want to actually make a Blade Runner film.
Having said that, Christopher Nolan says that Blade Runner 2049 was a "real pleasure" and he admires director Denis Villeneuve for taking on the task of making a sequel to such a revered film. A lot of people didn't really know what to expect from a Blade Runner sequel, and while the new film followed in its predecessor's footsteps in one unfortunate way, it wasn't a box office success, the movie was very well reviewed and I would certainly argue the sequel is, in fact, a better movie than the original.
Christopher Nolan's current film, Dunkirk, is a movie that continues a long tradition of war movies in general, and World War II movies specifically, but the movie about the military evacuation is certainly unique in that it doesn't deal with the war directly, but rather an event that takes place on the periphery of the war. The film is being nominated for several major awards, including this weekend's Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It's certainly a movie that will be in the Oscar conversation as well.
It feels like Blade Runner 2049 was a one time only affair and it's unlikely that we'll get a fresh franchise coming off of Blade Runner 2049. Still, a Christopher Nolan-directed Blade Runner could have been something to see, and it's maybe a little sad we'll never get it.