Villeneuve Talks “Blade Runner 2049” Pressure

Arguably no filmmaker is under greater pressure this year than Denis Villeneuve. Coming off a string of critical successes, he’s now facing the massive challenge of a sequel to one of the most famous movies of all time – Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”.

Speaking with Heat Vision during the CineEurope trade show in Barcelona, Villeneuve revealed that he and his lead star Ryan Gosling have had to come to terms with the enormity of taking on the follow-up:

“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.

To take Ridley Scott’s universe and try to make it my own was a really big task for me. [Scott gave me the] biggest gift of all, which is freedom. He 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.”

“Blade Runner 2049” boasts the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, alongside actors Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Dave Bautista and Robin Wright.

“Blade Runner 2049” is due for release on October 7th.