Even for someone as skilled as “Sicario” and “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve, the idea of taking the helm of a “Blade Runner” sequel is a daunting challenge. Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian sci-fi feature is considered not just one of the greatest works of its genre but one of the most influential films ever made.
So how in the hell do you follow that up? Sure having Scott as producer helps, but in a new interview with THR Villeneuve reveals that continuing such a legacy is basically impossible – you have to effectively hold on tight and see where such a project takes you:
“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 terrorizes me right now is what I’m doing is taking Blade Runner and making it my own, and that is horrific. To realize 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.”
Very little remains known about the film beyond the return of Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard along with new cast members Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Lennie James, and Jared Leto. “Blade Runner 2” is slated to hit cinemas on October 6th 2017.