Taking over the helm of a classic sci-fi movie franchise can be extremely intimidating, but when you have the task of making a sequel to one of the single greatest movies of the genre and follow in the footsteps of arguably one of the greatest visionaries in Hollywood, the pressure is immense. While some might be terrified by the challenge, acclaimed French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve recently told Variety that he feels “inspired and excited” to take the reins of the world of Blade Runner from Ridley Scott:
I love risk. All of my projects have come with a certain amount of artistic risk, or sometimes a risk of how you portray reality. I did a movie once about a school massacre and I had a huge responsibility to the victims of those events. I did a movie about a conflict in Lebanon, so there again, you have a strong responsibility to reality. When I did ‘Sicario,’ I felt responsible to how I would portray the Mexican society there. So I’m used to pressure. For ‘Blade Runner,’ it’s artistic pressure, and by far the biggest ever.
Villeneuve went on to say that Blade Runner 2049 will have its “own identity and territory” while remaining “faithful” to the 1982 original movie. To that end, he promised to limit the use of CGI technology:
I’m very old school. I wish I had the chance to do my ‘Aliens’ as animatronics. … I hate green screens. It sucks out all my energy. I get depressed. I have an admiration for directors who can work with that on a daily basis. For ‘Blade Runner,’ we tried our best to do as much as possible in-camera, building everything.
Villeneuve’s most recent film, Arrival, was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. After Blade Runner, he will be diving into a new adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s Dune.
Blade Runner 2049 is slated for an October 6th release.