I'm trying to catching up on my ASC magazine morning reading and realized that Deakins and Villeneuve are teaming for a Blade Runner sequel!!!
Not that I have something against these two. I love Deakins work. I've mixed feelings about Sicario at the time but Prisoners was a great film.
Now... Blade Runner. This is a HUGE responsibility. I don't care what fans have to say on how Lucas smashed - or not (so they say) - his beautifully made Star Wars IV, V and VI with that mambo jambo Colombian soap opera that were episodes I, II and III (and I don't have anything against Colombian people! I have a Colombian sister and 3 beautiful Colombian nieces).
But lets face it. Scott and Cronenweth work is on a universe of its own. Star Wars can have all the bells and whistles (and certainly the first films deserves them), but Blade Runner is a film of a very distinct breed. In my very very humble opinion it stamped such a high mark in every respect that I'll find it very very difficult to even reach it, let alone exceed it.
One thing is for sure. Every cinematography forum will have a blast commenting and comparing (if that's possible), the work of two of the greatest artists of all time. For some reason though, I feel that Deakins starts somewhat from a disadvantage position, albeit being one of the most brilliant DPs today.