While participating in a recent discussion about the art of filmmaking, legendary director Ridley Scott revealed the opening scene he has planned for his Blade Runner sequel. Wait, what?
That’s right — Scott broke down what is expected to be the opening minutes of Blade Runner 2 while speaking at the AFI Festival. The opening is apparently based on the original opening Scott had conceived for the first film (which was ultimately scrapped) and finds Deckard out at a cottage in the flat lands of Wyoming. It sounds like an interesting scene (dude is totally a Replicant, right?), though Scott did not tell us where it goes next. But hey, it’s been decades, we’ll take what we can get.
An English translation of Scott’s comments has been posted by /Film, where he breaks down the scene. Check it out below:
“We decided to start the film off with the original starting block of the original film. We always loved the idea of a dystopian universe, and we start off at what I describe as a ‘factory farm’ – what would be a flat land with farming. Wyoming. Flat, not rolling – you can see for 20 miles. No fences, just plowed, dry dirt. Turn around and you see a massive tree, just dead, but the tree is being supported and kept alive by wires that are holding the tree up. It’s a bit like Grapes of Wrath, there’s dust, and the tree is still standing. By that tree is a traditional, Grapes of Wrath-type white cottage with a porch. Behind it at a distance of two miles, in the twilight, is this massive combine harvester that’s fertilizing this ground.
You’ve got 16 Klieg lights on the front, and this combine is four times the size of this cottage. And now a spinner [a flying car] comes flying in, creating dust. Of course, traditionally chased by a dog that barks, the doors open, a guy gets out and there you’ve got Rick Deckard. He walks in the cottage, opens the door, sits down, smells stew, sits down and waits for the guy to pull up to the house to arrive. The guy’s seen him, so the guy pulls the combine behind the cottage and it towers three stories above it, and the man climbs down from a ladder – a big man. He steps onto the balcony and he goes to Harrison’s side. The cottage actually [creaks]; this guy’s got to be 350 pounds. I’m not going to say anything else – you’ll have to go see the movie.”
We don’t know much about what Scott is cooking up for the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel, though original star Harrison Ford will be joined by franchise newcomer Ryan Gosling as they hunt Replicants (maybe) and cruise around in flying cars (maybe).