Denis Villeneuve Interview: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director
“I was really looking forward to having the feedback from the fans,” reveals “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). “The level of secrecy on this project… was like the CIA… We had to protect everything all the time. So it was for me a relief to share it with the audience.” This long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 sci-fi classic centers on a young blade runner (Ryan Gosling) who discovers secrets that lead him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for 30 years.
The project had been in development for several years by the time Villeneuve came on board. A script had been completed by Michael Green and Hampton Fancher, who adapted Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” into the first film. “As a director, you have a script in your hands, and there’s work that needs to be done,” states Villeneuve. In the case of this new effort, “the movie was written for Ridley. With all my respect and admiration for Ridley Scott, I’m very different, and I needed to bring the story closer to me in some ways.”
Whatever changes he made certainly didn’t hurt. “There was a part of me that was at peace when the movie opened,” Villeneuve says, “because Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford had seen the movie already, and they had been very generous with me. They loved the movie.”
Villeneuve received his first Oscar nomination as Best Director earlier this year for the sci-fi hit “Arrival” (2016). That film contended for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning for Best Sound Editing. He previously contended in the Best Foreign Language Film category for “Incendies” (2010). Will he return to the major awards races over the next few months? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Blade Runner 2049.”