One of Hollywood’s biggest blabbermouths is at it again. This time detailing the upcoming sequel’s opening scene. Speaking at the AFI (American Film Institute) Festival in Los Angeles, Ridley Scott, who directed the first film and is producing the sequel, said . . . and this is according to Slash Film and Todd Gilchrist:
"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 ploughed, 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 The 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 fertilising 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' [the flying cars featured in the film] 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 to the cottage, opens the door, 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 [Ford]’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."
Though, if you’d like an idea of what comes next, the original screenplay for Blade Runner can be found online and it features this exact scene played out to completion.
Previously released information about the film includes that Harrison Ford is set to return as Deckard, the titular blade runner (replicant/android hunter) from the first film. Ryan Gosling has also recently confirmed that he is set to star in the sequel alongside Ford. Denis Villeneuve, most well-known for Prisoners and this year’s Sicario, has also been confirmed to direct the film, with Roger Deakins providing the cinematography.
That’s quite the creative team, but will Blade Runner 2 deliver?
This news piece was originally written for a university-assessed radio show project.