After a 35-year wait, Blade Runner fans finally got the sequel they’d been wishing for when Blade Runner 2049 arrived in theaters last fall. While the film was generally praised for its impressive visuals, it was a box office failure and the blame seems to point in a dozen different directions.
Now, one of the stars of the original Blade Runner is speaking out, sharing his own thoughts on the disappointing sequel to the film that made him a star.
In a new interview, Hauer is asked if he’s seen Blade Runner 2049 and gives a non-committal answer, though he’s definitely got some opinions to share.
“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 of that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”
Hauer goes on to assert that the original Blade Runner was all about the central question of what it means to be human, but he finds that question lacking in the sequel.
“It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul,” says Hauer. “You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me.”
Interestingly, Hauer isn’t the first person with a long-standing connection to the Blade Runner franchise to speak out about the sequel.
Legendary director Ridley Scott, who helmed the original film and served as a producer on Blade Runner 2049, also had some thoughts about why the film failed.
Not long after the film was released, Scott told an interviewer it was “way too f-cking long,” which he says contributed to the lack of success at the box office.
Despite the failure, both star Harrison Ford and Blade Runner 2049 director Dennis Villeneuve have discussed the possibility of a third film.