Villeneuve Talks “Blade Runner 2” Pressure

Despite having three acclaimed recent films under his belt in the form of thrillers “Prisoners,” “Enemy” and the upcoming “Sicario,” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s next project is even more high-profile – the sequel to Ridley Scott’s revered sci-fi movie “Blade Runner”.

Appearing at the Toronto Film Festival this week, Villeneuve spoke with Collider about how he intends to make sure this work stands on its own:

“It’s a huge challenge because you don’t want to cut and paste, otherwise why [do it]? At the same time you have to respect what was done, so you have to find the right equilibrium between being faithful to the first one and bringing something new at the same time that will make sense to the Blade Runner universe.”

Additionally, he elaborated on the very real pressure he’s under to follow up one of his very own all-time favorites:

“When I heard that Ridley Scott wanted to do another movie in the Blade Runner universe, at first my reaction was that it’s a fantastic idea, but it may be a very bad idea. I’m among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema.”

Villeneuve confirmed that filming commences next summer, but remained tight-lipped about locations. He adds that: “the [sequel] will be autonomous and at the same time there will be some link” to Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece.