Denis Villeneuve has cemented himself as one of the most talented directors in Hollywood in the last few years with entries such as Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. The latter of which has landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Later this year he’s set to take audiences back to the futuristic Los Angeles of Blade Runner when Blade Runner: 2049 hits theaters.
Villeneuve recently spoke with Variety, calling his Blade Runner sequel his “most risky” film yet. The film which Villeneuve says is legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins’ best work is currently in the thick of post-production. The director remained tight-lipped regarding plot details from the film but when asked about the use of CGI versus practical effects, Villeneuve opened up revealing he and Deakins did as much work in-camera, utilizing camera tricks rather than the relying on the use of green screen and CGI in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel:
“I’m very old school. I wish I had the chance to do my ‘Aliens’ as animatronics. That was my dream at the beginning [of ‘Arrival’] with Bradford [Young]. We were dreaming to put them in a gigantic aquarium with gigantic beasts that would be moved by puppeteers, but sadly it would have been too expensive. For ‘Blade Runner,’ we tried our best to do as much as possible in-camera, building everything. And Roger [Deakins] was insanely impressive in how he was able to create landscape with tricks. For me it was beautiful. I think I can count on one hand how many times I saw a green screen in all of those months of shooting. There will be CG enhancements of course, but as much as possible it was in-camera.”
Just last week, Villeneuve was confirmed to direct his dream project which is adapting his favorite book — Dune. Villeneuve wasn’t able to say much but was honest that the film itself is currently in the earliest stages of development:
“Honestly, we are at ground zero right now. There is nothing done. It’s going to be a massive challenge but the project of my life.”
Blade Runner: 2049 hits theaters October 6, 2017. You can watch the trailer here.