– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Blade Runner 2049 was an interesting film to follow. It was the decades-late follow-up to a film that didn’t perform in the decade in which it was released, but had gone on to gain a cult following. By some miracle, Warner Bros. had selected this film as one to remake, and had even given it a ridiculously high budget of $150 million in which to tell the story.

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The film went on to garner high praise from critics, but sadly, it didn’t do too well at the box office. The movie made less than $90 million domestically, and just over $250 million worldwide. Given its budget, this one is going down as red in the books. Since then, director Denis Villeneuve has been pretty quiet on the matter.

However, speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment, he opened up about his actual thoughts.

“I’m still digesting it. We had the best [critics’ reviews]. I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tons of money, but not enough. I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long [its run time is 2 hours, 44 minutes]. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies — I don’t sell them.”

It really is a shame. There was obviously a lot of love and care that went into making the film, but at the end of the day, it may have been far too slow and cerebral for mainstream audiences. When spending $150 million on a film, you can’t exactly afford to restrict your audience.

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Entertainment

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.