Interestingly, the original "Blade Runner" (1982) borrowed crew from "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).
*Skyfall, Game of Thrones, Prometheus, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Children of Men, and of course, Blade Runner 2049*
He also did Dracula Untold and Jason Bourne (2016) all of which are certainly very good looking films anyway.
(If this trends continues...)
I think it’s important to note that an Art Director is not a Production Designer. The Art Director does have creative input, but their role is primarily to facilitate the artistic vision of the Production Designer. The Art Director oversees a team of draftsmen, prop makers, carpenters, etc. to bring to life the aesthetic, not necessarily create the aesthetic.
This hire is still very exciting, because clearly he’s shepherded some fantastic projects in the past, but his role may not be what a lot of people assume.
Oh shit, is Star Wars gonna be sci-fi now?
EDIT: I love you fucking nerds
PHANTOM EDIT: Since no one asked, I think the argument stems from cinematic sci-fi versus sci-fi literature. The movies are obviously aesthetically science fiction, with lasers and space ships and dumb names containing numbers. But from a storytelling perspective, you expect science fiction to confront the theme of futuristic technology and how it impacts our lives. Star Wars does this nominally (a space ship that can destroy a planet, my dad is a robot!) but it isn't the main thrust at all. While it looks like science fiction, Star Wars is just the hero's journey in a space suit. It feels classical. Personally, I would call it sci-fi, because whenever I hear Space Opera I think of Pavarotti on Jupiter, but a strong argument can be made either way.
Guess this means r/movies has to like the movie now.