Blade Runner 2049 was a success, actor Rutger Hauer, who played Roy Batty in the original Blade Runner, feels that the film was unnecessary. The veteran actor expressed his thoughts on the film while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter:
“I sniff and scratch at it. It looks great but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground. In many ways, Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants, it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. but I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”
While I wouldn’t say what he thinks isn’t important, I would say that Hauer is definitely in the minority. It isn’t often a sequel is as well received as Blade Runner 2049. Mad Max: Fury Road comes to mind as another sequel made long after the original film(s) that was successful. On the other end of that spectrum are films like Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, that were widely panned by fans of the franchises.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter