With production under way on the long-awaited Blade Runner 2, director Denis Villeneuve is already feeling the pressure. The filmmaker took a break from filming for less than a day to promote the world premiere of his new film Arrival at the Venice Film Festival, where he revealed in an interview that he is "horrified" by the footage he has shot so far. He isn't terrified by the actual content of the scenes, but rather that he's making a completely different version of the original Blade Runner. Here's what he had to say in an interview at the festival, when asked if he's trying to "live up" to the original classic, directed by Ridley Scott.
"First of all, it's not possible to live up to the original. It's Ridley Scott. It's a masterpiece. It's one of the best sci-fi films, one of the best films in the past 50 years. For me, what terrorizes me right now is what I'm doing is taking Blade Runner and making it my own, and that is horrific. To realize that when I look at the dailies, it's not Ridley Scott, it's me, and that it's different. It's still the same universe, we are still in the same dream, but it's mine, so it's like I have no idea how you people will react, I don't know. It has its own life."
He also told The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn't sleep much since production started, because he's too excited and there's so much to be done, teasing that he plans on catching up on his sleep after this project wraps. The sequel brings back Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard alongside a slew of new cast members such as Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis and Jared Leto. When asked about working with Ryan Gosling, the director had this to say.
"I must say, the thing I can say is that Ryan Gosling is insanely good. I'm very impressed by that actor. It's the first time I've worked with him and I never had someone that was as much a trooper, as dedicated, as precise and engaged. I feel that he is a real partner with me. I said to him, 'You know, we are going to do it together and it's like walking in a dark room with a lighter trying to find the way out. It's a huge room and we are alone and it's dark and it's cold.' And he said, 'Yeah, I understand exactly.' But we have a lot of fun. It's funny because very often we say that nobody realizes that a bunch of Canadians took over Blade Runner. We are, like, covert, nobody knows. I knew he was a great actor, I didn't know how brilliant - he's really an intelligent person, very clever, very provocative mind, he's bringing a lot to the project right now, a lot, in a positive way. I'm very excited about it."
The director shared concept art from his pre-production work back in July as filming got under way. We don't know how long principal photography is set to last for, but the director revealed that he was working with Harrison Ford quite early while prepping this highly-anticipated movie. Here's what the director had to say about meeting one of his heroes, Harrison Ford.
"It's a long shoot, and I started prep with him, but I didn't start to shoot with him. But I will say that Harrison, to my great relief ... you know Harrison Ford, he was one of my biggest heroes. I grew up with him, so to meet a man like that who is kind of a legend in your heart, that has that kind of humility, generosity, open-mindedness and simplicity, one of the nicest human beings I've met. I'm really looking forward to start working with him."
The director didn't address the report from last month about an unidentified construction worker who was killed while disassembling the sets. Production had already wrapped on the Budapest location and no cast and crew members were present when one of the sets collapsed on the unidentified crew member. We'll keep you posted with more updates as Blade Runner 2 continues production, working towards its October 6, 2017 release date.