There are so many things that could happen when you're directing a sequel of a movie that has become a legend of its own. For one, there's the ever-lurking possibility that the sequel will never live up to the name.
This fact is what director Denis Villeneuve had accepted when he took on the task of directing the sequel for Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Villeneuve revealed that this was the first thing he actually did was to make peace with the idea of complete success and no comparisons with the original being a myth. And from then, he said that he was able to be free.
"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… To take Ridley Scott's universe and try to make it my own was a really big task for me."
Even with that pressure, Villeneuve also revealed that Scott was technically physically away from the set, since he was given the reins when Scott said that it was "your movie." Funnily enough, Villeneuve still felt his presence, because it resounded in the very franchise that he was handling.
It's nice to see how filmmakers treat previous franchises, especially since we are living in a world of sequels, remakes, and reboots. From what we've seen so far, Blade Runner 2049 delivers on the fronts that it had promised.
We'll see more when Blade Runner 2049 is released in theaters on Oct. 7.