Denis Villeneuve explains how ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is no replicant of the original neo-noir sci-fi fan favorite

When he signed on to direct “Blade Runner 2049,” which hits theaters Oct. 6, Denis Villeneuve was determined to carry on the groundbreaking aesthetic of director Ridley Scott’s original 1982 neo-noir sci-fi thriller. At the same time, he didn’t want to create a mere replica — or replicant, as the case may be. “The movie we…