Director Denis Villeneuve has no illusions about walking into the world that Ridley Scott built with his new film, Blade Runner 2049.
In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Villeneuve (Arrival) said he realizes the deck is stacked against anyone who tries to take up the torch from Scott and tell a new story in this iconic sci-fi universe. So he and new star Ryan Gosling “made peace” with the fact that some people may not like whatever they do with 2049, and it will always be judged against the original. Then went ahead and made the movie they wanted to make.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"Ryan Gosling and I made peace with the idea that the chances of success were very narrow. I came on board because the script was very strong. But no matter what you do, no matter how good what you’re doing is, the film will always be compared to the first, which is a masterpiece. So I made peace with that. And when you make piece with that, you are free…
[Ridley Scott] said, it's your movie. I'll be there if you need me, otherwise I'll be away. And I must say he was not there physically, but I felt his presence all the time, because I was dealing with his universe all the time. So in a way he wasn't there, but he was there a lot at the same time."
The early trailers and photos from Blade Runner 2049 are positively stunning, but Villeneuve is correct that the pressure is on to get it right. Here’s hoping he’s up to the task.
Blade Runner 2049 opens Oct. 7.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)