He may not be sitting in the director’s chair for the sci-fi sequel, but Ridley Scott is a big part ofBlade Runner 2, recently opening up about its very first scene.
Speaking at the AFI festival, Scott was very forthcoming about what to expect. After reading through this, we’re very excited indeed. What do you think?
“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 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 [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.”
In related news, we will definitely be seeing Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2, the actor has confirmed. The 35-year-old actor confirmed speculation that he is, in fact, starring in the highly-anticipated Blade Runner 2—a sequel to Harrison Ford’s cult sci-fi from 1982.
“Yes, that’s true!” he told Collider when the project came up.
He said getting the opportunity to work with director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins is what truly convinced him to sign up for the film, but he was careful not to divulge too many details: “It’s exciting! All of those things,” he said before adding, “And if I say anymore there’s a chip in me that will explode if I say anything else.”
If you’re not already in the know, Blade Runner 2 is being directed by Sicario veteran Denis Villeneuve, with award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, many of the Coen Brothers’ work) also on board.
Gosling will star alongside Harrison Ford in an as-yet undisclosed role.
Blade Runner 2 has no official release date so far.