The Untold Truth of Blade Runner 2049
With a story in place, and after “Blade Runner” superfan Christopher Nolan turned down the job, “2049” found its director in French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. Best known at the time for his psychological thrillers like “Sicario” and “Enemy”, Villeneuve had recently immersed himself in science fiction with “Arrival” starring Oscar nominated Amy Adams. It was far from his only reference for the mission, however: Villeneuve told Entertainment Weekly that the original “gave birth to my desire to become a director.”
His affection for Scott’s vision didn’t stop Villeneuve from adding his own, however. One of the most striking differences is the Neo-Los Angeles weather report. While the original is drenched in an oppressive rain cover, it has gotten much more wintry by 2049, with an equally oppressive blanket of snow.
Villeneuve explains in the documentary “Designing the World of ‘Blade Runner 2049’,” “The first movie was more, like, inspired by the bad days in London, where Ridley is from. Me, I’m from Montreal. So, c is like snow, mud and cold. “
Gosling explained to Vice what a difference it made: “The first thing [Villeneuve] said: ‘In my’ Blade Runner ‘it’s snowing. I am Canadian and I need to work in an environment that I understand and know to be real and truthful to me. … and I was immediately relieved. And I was like, okay, this guy has it. “