From the moment a Blade Runner sequel was announced, fans of the original have been...well, not too shy expressing their skepticism. Do we really need a Blade Runner sequel? Nevermind need - do we even want one?
Frequent readers of this site know that we've come down hard in favor Blade Runner 2049 because Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) is at the helm, and that's just about the best we could've hoped for. But as it turns out, even Denis Villeneuve had to work through some doubt on the project.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he says:
"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 goes on to call the film both "a lot of fun" and "biggest artistic challenge" of his career, and says that Ridley Scott's presence loomed over the entire project even though the director was happy to take a hands-off approach:
"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."
Been a while since we've seen any new Blade Runner 2049 footage, but I'm guessing we'll be given a fresh look at things at SDCC this year ($20 says they've got Gosling's Spinner on prominent display, and another $20 says security gives me a stern talking to when I attempt to operate it).