For years and years, there was talk of a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. All the rumors were usually recieved with skeptical reactions from fans and filmmakers alike, with most pleading that the original’s “purity” be left as it is. However, when the announcement came that not only would Harrison Ford be returning for a sequel, but that Prisoners and Enemy director, Denis Villeneueve, would also be at the sequel’s helm – it seemed like fans reacted better than we might have expected.
For starters, Villenueve has recently emerged as one of the foremost best directors working today with Prisoners, Enemy, and from the looks of it – this year’s Sicario, all being not only some of the best genre films ever made, but some of the best movies to come out of the past few years. Period. He’s shown how well he can handle tone and mystery in his projects countless times, and if anyone was going to take over Scott with a sequel, it seemed almost too perfect that it would be Villeneueve.
The director has spoken numerous times since the announcement about his love for the original, and his initial trepidation about signing on for the sequel, showing fans that he cares about the property just as much as we do. However, while recently speaking with Crave Online, the filmmaker was asked about the original film’s final mystery, regarding if he believes that Ford’s Deckard is a Human or a Replicant? Villenueve replied saying, “Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer.”
However, when asked if he was worried at all that the sequel might affect the original’s mystery and quality, the director took the chance to assure fans that he was just as concerned with keeping the mystery intact as they are:
“Totally. The thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”
The question about Deckard’s true identity has been a topic of debate for years. Even filmmaker Ridley Scott has said he believes that Deckard is in fact a Replicant, while Harrison Ford has said he believes Deckard is a Human – meaning the material seemed to split those involved just as much as it has the fans. So if Villeneuve is planning on keeping as much mystery from the first film intact as he can, then that at least means he understands the important of the original’s calculated script as much as those who have analyzed it over and over again do.
Ryan Gosling is also set to star in the movie alongside Ford, in an unknown role, with cinematographer Roger Deakins confirmed to be shooting the film, and hopefully providing the same kind of breathtaking visuals that the first movie offered. There’s a lot to what makes the original Blade Runner so damn good though, whether it be the constant rain, noir tone, or the complex characters living inside of it, so the idea of a sequel should be enough to make any die hard film fan out there at least a little skeptical. However, if Hollywood is going to try for it, then they couldn’t have found much better people to step up to bat.
Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theatres in 2017.
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