With the hiring of “Arrival” and “Sicario” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his regular director of photography Roger Deakins, anticipation levels for the “Blade Runner” sequel quickly rose earlier this year ahead of the film’s shoot throughout the Summer and Fall.
The first trailer for the project, titled “Blade Runner 2049,” arrived earlier this week to a so far very good reaction overall. Visuals and tone were more in line with the original film than expected and showed not only the return of Harrison Ford’s Deckard but Ryan Gosling’s new lead K in action.
It was a simple tease, one with minimal visual effects but a superb visual tone. Speaking with EW about the shoot, Gosling himself says that the people and sets he gets to work with have been nothing short of a blast:
“If you made a list of all the characteristics you hoped for in a director and sent it to Santa Claus, there’d be a Denis Villeneuve under your tree Christmas morning. Maybe a little drunk on eggnog, but he’d be there!
Roger is a master. If there’s a Mount Rushmore of DPs, he’d be right there in the middle. He goes about his work very modestly and quietly, but you learn so much from just looking. You realize that once you are in one of his shots, half your job is already done.
[The sets are] really incredible. I was so overwhelmed by the scale of them and how specific and, although, beautiful they are.”
Set thirty years after the events of the first film, “Blade Runner 2049” follows Gosling’s LAPD Detective K as he embarks on a search for Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard who has been missing ever since the conclusion of the original film. After unearthing a long-buried secret, K believes Deckard may be the missing key to stopping all of society from being plunged into total chaos.
“Blade Runner” opens in October next year.