So, here's an interesting bit of gossip that's been making the rounds...
Yes, according to information making the rounds at (checks notes) "Sony Russia, via DCP distribution service Kinoplan" and this forum post, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel will run a lengthy 163 minutes. That's nearly two-and-three-quarters hours.
Is this news? No, it is not, because this information has not been confirmed (side note: one source tells me that if it's not 100% accurate, it's close to the truth). Would it be news even if it were being confirmed? Well, that's debatable. Generally we try and avoid "Look how long this movie is/isn't!" posts here at Birth.Movies.Death., as they have almost no nutritional value. In this case, where Blade Runner 2049 looks like it could be substantially longer than any of us predicted, it's a bit of rumormongering that seems worth a mention.
Whether or not you choose to believe it (or whether or not this rumor makes you happy or sad) is entirely up to you. Hash out your feelings in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on Blade Runner 2049 as we get ever closer to the film's October 6th release date.
UPDATE: As pointed out by our friends over at Collider, Denis Villeneuve said that Blade Runner 2049 would weigh in at two hours, thirty minutes in an interview they conducted with the director just last month. Says Collider:
"Though the ultimate runtime could change, Villeneuve confirmed that the current cut comes in at 2 hours and 30 minutes."
Over on Twitter, Collider's Steve Weintraub says the official runtime is two hours, thirty-two minutes. Do with all of this what you will.