With a number of critically praised crime and science fiction films to his credit, many considered filmmaker Denis Villeneuve to be an excellent choice to direct the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir classic Blade Runner. However, even with an acclaimed director at the helm, audiences expectations for the sequel titled Blade Runner 2049 are considerably high. In an interview with Yahoo, Villeneuve addressed the challenges of meeting these expectations and discussed the films tone as well.
Director Denis Villeneuve acknowledged the high expectations for the sequel with humor.
“The level of expectation behind this movie is huge and everybody is waiting for the movie with open arms — or with a baseball bat.”
Villeneuve explained that he understood why audiences have high expectations for the film.
“The expectations are for obvious reasons: The first movie was a masterpiece and it’s a very risky, challenging project. But I will say that it has been the most rewarding and exciting experience of my life so far and I’m excited. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you guys.”
Villeneuve assured fans that the film will share the same tone as it’s predecessor.
“The first movie was a film noir, quite intense with melancholia and an existential crisis, so we are not far away from the thematics of the first movie, I will say. It’s the same genre, the same atmosphere.”
When a film is as highly regarded as Blade Runner, it is understandable why fans would be concerned that a sequel, especially one made decades after the first film, could ‘tarnish’ the reputation of the original. Fans have already expressed their concern towards the sequel following star Harrison Ford’s coy comments about how the film could answer the original films enduring mystery.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for thirty years.
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi.
Blade Runner 2049 will b released in theaters on October 6th, 2017.