“Cinema is there to explore the world, not to simplify it,” says Denis Villeneuve in this exclusive video interview from the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Crave is here on the ground, reviewing films and interviewing directors like Villeneuve, whose new crime drama Sicario has already premiered at TIFF and whose next feature is the exciting and long-awaited follow-up to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
In addition to discussing the gender issues (or his intentional lack thereof) in Sicario, Denis Villeneuve shares his passion for the original Blade Runner. “It is by far one of my favorite movies of all time,” he tells Crave’s film content editor William Bibbiani, adding, “As a huge Blade Runner fan I realized that [the new movie] makes sense.”
But while Denis Villeneuve must remain tight-lipped about the plot of the new Blade Runner, it’s actually a plot point from the original movie that he cannot touch with a ten foot pole: Is Deckard, as originally played by Harrison Ford, a replicant or a human being?
It’s a question that Blade Runner fans have been debating for decades. “Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer,“ Villeneuve laughs.
But is the filmmaker concerned about the possibility that, if the new Blade Runner does answer some of these lingering questions, those revelations will impact the original, classic film? “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.”
Sicario opens in theaters on October 2, 2015. The Untitled Blade Runner Project is currently in pre-production. Watch our complete video interview below for more of Denis Villeneuve’s thoughts on both films.
William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.