Acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, fresh off his Best Director Academy Award nomination for his work on Arrival, will resume post-production work on Blade Runner 2049. With the highly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction film set to hit theaters late this year, Villeneuve is already in the very early stages of developing Dune, a new adaption of author Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel. In an interview with Collider, the French Canadian filmmaker discussed his work on Blade Runner 2049 and his excitement over working on Dune, a dream project since his youth.
Villeneuve discussed working with acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins on Blade Runner 2049 and their shared practice of shooting with one camera.
“No, Roger and I, when we work, it’s something that we have in common. I’m the same with or without Roger. I don’t like to do a lot of coverage. I work always with one camera. I don’t like to work with multiple cameras. It’s just a different way of working, but I like to stick to one point of view as much as possible. So what Dave [Bautista] experienced, the whole movie was shot like that.”
Villeneuve also gave an update on the post-production process for Blade Runner 2049.
“Blade Runner is very difficult to talk about because I’m in the editing room right now, which means that it’s the moment where usually I’m not talking to the world outside. Usually it’s like being pregnant, it’s like your totally focusing on the work and it’s not a good time to talk about it. So we’re are deep into the cutting room right now, having the time of my life.”
Villeneuve confirmed that Dune will be his next project and revealed his reaction to director David Lynch’s 1984 film adaptation.
“It’s at ground level right now. It’s a book that I read when I was thirteen years old […] the books were with me since then. I was very excited when I learned that David Lynch was doing an adaptation. I felt his adaptation […] there was some strength to the production design and some directing ideas are fantastic, but it’s not the Dune that I was dreaming myself. It’s a movie about dreams, so I have my own vision about it, but nothing is written yet. It’s really like we are at ground zero right now. We’ll start to work on it in the upcoming weeks and that is going to be, again, one of the biggest adventures of my life as a filmmaker and it’s my oldest dream.”
You can watch the entire interview with Denis Villeneuve here.
Known for his character driven work on films such as Sicario and Prisoners, in addition to his science fiction experience with Arrival, it appears both projects are in more than capable hands with Villeneuve at the helm.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released in theaters on October 6, 2017.