‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve ‘Made Peace’ With The Chances Of Failure

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Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most anticipated films of the year and with the original 1982 film being regarded by many as one of the greatest science-fiction films ever produced, expectations for the sequel are incredibly high. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at this year’s CineEurope, director Denis Villeneuve discussed the challenge of living up the original classic, revealing that he accepted the fact that there was reasonable chance of failure.

Villeneuve that he made peace with the fact that the sequel will inevitability be compared to the first film and that the chances of success were small:

“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.”

Villeneuve explained how Ridley Scott, director of the first film, granted him the freedom to bring his own vision to the universe Scott created over thirty years ago:

“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.”

While Blade Runner is certainly a tough act to follow, I believe Denis Villeneuve’s previous body of work more than demonstrates that if anyone can meet the challenge it will be the Canadian filmmaker.

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 be released in theaters on October 6th, 2017.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2017 Summer Movie Preview: What To Look Out For

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Summer 2017 MoviesWhat do aliens, robots, superheroes, pirates, genetically-modified apes, and Will Ferrell all have in common? All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere. There’s a cavalcade of riches this summer, with new offerings from both DC and Marvel, new (and in some cases, final) installments in long-running franchises, and a couple newcomers testing the waters for future sequels. Even some non-theatrical films get in on the fun, like Netflix’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt.

Here are over 20 films worth seeing over the next four months. Click Next to start!

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Sebastian Peris

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