Well, that’s a shame.
Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult classic from 1982, was released earlier in the year to much fanfare and generally positive reviews. The final cut of the movie ran to a lengthy 2 hours 43 minutes but apparently this was even after extensive work in the editing room.
The original cut, which ran to over fours, will never see the light of day however for the very simple reason that director Denis Villeneuve just didn’t like it.
In an interview with ScreenCrush, he stated that- “The best incarnation of the movie is what is in the theatre."
"The thing is, it's true that the first cut was four hours and at one point we were like, 'Okay, do we go to the producer and release it in two?' But let's say the idea of the movie being in two parts didn't get out of the editing room.”
"You have to kill your darlings and I think four hours was too self-indulgent," he said. "I will say that there's no great things that are being lost. When I cut something, it's dead. It means it was not good enough.”
"Even if sometimes I'm cutting my favourite shots, I still strongly think that when it's cut on the floor of the editing room it should not go back to see the light of day again. I don't like extended cuts," he said.
Referring to the released version, he said- "That's the movie I made. I will not show it to anyone, the four hours, it doesn't work. The movie you see right now is the one."