Blade Runner sequel is director Villeneuves most intense experience ever

Quebec director Denis Villeneuve says making his upcoming Blade Runner sequel has been the most intense experience of his life, not just because of the challenging shoot in Budapest — but also because of fan fervour.“The level of expectation behind this movie is huge and everybody is waiting for the movie with open arms — or with a baseball bat,” he said with a laugh during an interview at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards on Tuesday night.“The expectations are for obvious reasons: The first movie was a masterpiece and it’s a very risky, challenging project. But I will say that it has been the most rewarding and exciting experience of my life so far and I’m excited.“I’m looking forward to sharing it with you guys.”Due out in October, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Ridley Scott, director of the original film, is an executive producer on the sequel.Article Continued BelowHarrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, a former police operative who’s been missing for decades, alongside Ryan Gosling of London, Ont., who plays an L.A. police officer.Other cast members include Robin Wright, Jared Leto and Vancouver native Mackenzie Davis.The sequel is set 30 years after the events of the first sci-fi film from 1982 but has the same tone, said Villeneuve.