Director Denis Villeneuve recently helmed his first science-fiction film Arrival. The Sicario director’s latest is already generating some great buzz, and our own Angie Han called it “brainy sci-fi with a big, bloody, beating heart.” Before that sci-fi drama even reaches theaters, Villeneuve has started shooting Blade Runner 2. The filmmaker is already considering other science-fiction projects as well, and if he had his druthers, one of them would be Dune. Below, read Villeneuve’s comments on a Dune remake.
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Posted on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival begins with a premise we’ve seen in a hundred summer blockbusters. One day, aliens arrive on Earth, in the form of twelve mysterious ships scattered around the globe. Their purpose is unclear, and humanity is naturally both intrigued and terrified. Where it goes next, though, is a welcome return to grown-up sci-fi, more Contact or Interstellar than Independence Day.
For starters, the aliens don’t open with an attack. And we Earthlings don’t, either. Instead, the U.S. military calls upon Louise (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, to try and make contact with the alien spaceship in Montana. From there, Villeneuve carefully unspools a story that’s equal parts heart and intellect, encompassing memory, language, loss, love, grief, and the passage of time.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Arrival held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier today and the first wave of reviews for Denis Villeneuve‘s new science fiction drama have been nothing short of glowing. It seems that Villeneuve, who has previously directed terrific movies like Enemy, Prisoners, and Sicario, is adept at smart genre filmmaking as he is at intense human drama (which bodes well for that Blade Runner sequel he’s currently filming).
Our own Angie Han will catch this film at the Toronto International Film Festival next week and I intend to make it a priority at Fantastic Fest later this month, but in the meantime, here are some of the earliest reactions, which range from very positive to wildly effusive.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
With the addition of Jared Leto last week, Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2 finally finished casting. But we’re still learning about interesting hires behind the scenes. Recently, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson let slip that he’d be scoring the sci-fi sequel, having previously worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners, Sicario, and the upcoming Arrival. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jared Leto is trading supervillains for replicants. The Suicide Squad co-star has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner sequel, completing the core cast which also includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and many, many more. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
What with all the Blade Runner 2 news swirling around, it’s been easy to forget that Denis Villeneuve has another, very different sort of sci-fi film coming out in the meantime. But over the past few weeks, Paramount has made a concentrated effort to get Arrival on moviegoers’ radars, and after seeing some intriguing footage earlier this month, we won’t be forgetting about this one again.
The hard sci-fi drama unfolds in the modern world, which is forever changed when a group of mysterious aliens touch down in various locations around the globe. Amy Adams leads the cast as a linguist tasked with making contact with these extraterrestrials, and Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. Those names alone are probably enough to sell this project to some moviegoers, but in case you need some more convincing — or in case you’re just curious to see more — a couple of new Arrival trailers have landed. Check ’em out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ll get to see Denis Villeneuve‘s vision of a dystopian future next year in Blade Runner 2, but before we get there he’s serving up a more grounded sort of sci-fi story. Arrival stars Amy Adams as a linguist tasked with communicating with mysterious aliens who’ve landed on Earth. Not some more futuristic, high-tech version of Earth — our Earth, as we currently know it. We got our first peek at some photos earlier this week, and today we’ve got the first Arrival teaser trailer. Check it out below.
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Arrival was lurking under the radar until earlier this year, when the first footage from Denis Villeneuve‘s new science fiction drama played at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and left quite an impression. And then it continued to lurk under the radar as few updates emerged (other than a title change) and no trailers arrived as we got closer and closer to the film’s fall release date.
While we have to keep on waiting for a trailer, the first official images from the film have been released, offering us our first look at stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
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Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) begins principal photography on Blade Runner 2 this month. The sequel takes place decades after Sir Ridley Scott‘s 1982 film (around 2047 or 2050, says Scott), but we know little about the plot or even whom the project’s star, Ryan Gosling, is playing. Villeneuve hasn’t spilled any significant new details lately, but he has shared some artwork. Below, check out the Blade Runner 2 concept art.
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