French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is fast becoming one of my favourite filmmaker working today.
From “Incendies” to “Prisoners”, to “Sicario”, he’s proven himself a formidable talent. And as weird as “Enemy” was, I thought that was compelling as hell. His latest film “Arrival” is garnering rave reviews too, and I can’t wait to see that. And after that, his 2nd foray in to science-fiction is set to either delight or infuriate. Because Villeneuve is taking on the sequel to the Ridley Scott classic “Blade Runner”.
He is well aware of how daunting the challenge is, and in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Villeneuve was remarkably modest: “First of all, it’s not possible to live up to the original. It’s Ridley Scott. It’s a masterpiece. It’s one of the best sci-fi films, one of the best films in the past 50 years. For me, what terrorises me right now is what I’m doing is taking Blade Runner and making it my own, and that is horrific”.
He continued: “To realise that when I look at the dailies, it’s not Ridley Scott, it’s me, and that it’s different. It’s still the same universe, we are still in the same dream, but it’s mine, so it’s like I have no idea how you people will react, I don’t know. It has its own life”.
When asked about his cast, Villeneuve had some nice things to say: “I must say, the thing I can say is that Ryan Gosling is insanely good. I knew he was a great actor, I didn’t know how brilliant – he’s really an intelligent person, very clever, very provocative mind, he’s bringing a lot to the project right now, a lot, in a positive way”.
“Harrison Ford, he was one of my biggest heroes. I grew up with him, so to meet a man like that who is kind of a legend in your heart, that has that kind of humility, generosity, open-mindedness and simplicity, one of the nicest human beings I’ve met. I’m really looking forward to start working with him”.
“Blade Runner 2” is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, and Harrison Ford. It premieres 6th October 2017.