The original Blade Runner is by far a standout in the science fiction genre. It's a visual marvel of a dystopian future in which Harrison Ford continued to spread his wings as a lead actor and a major player in the epic masterpieces of the '80s. Ridley Scott's original film did not get its due respect until later on when film enthusiasts and fans could truly adore the movie for the spectacle it is. Using beautiful practical effects and story that was way ahead of its time, Blade Runner still manages to captivate and find a larger audience.
With loyal followers of the original still questioning whether a sequel can hold up to Scott's original motion picture, director Denis Villeneuve states, "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.”
If anything, Villeneuve has proven himself a worthy director with great releases like Prisoners, Enemy, and the upcoming Arrival. I think we should maintain our wits about us and realize that we might be getting a sequel from a man that has a vision all his own. And that just may end up being the best thing about this. In the case of Blade Runner 2, replication might not be necessary. But a continuation by a director with chops will serve this property well.