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Ridley Scott Describes Opening Scene Of 'Blade Runner' Sequel In Impressive Detail

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 18/11/2015 Cole Delbyck
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"Blade Runner" fans: Ridley Scott is your Santa Claus, and Christmas just came early. 

Prolific film director Scott already revealed the title of the "Prometheus" follow-up this week (It's now called "Alien: Covenant") and it looks like he has no plans of slowing down when it comes to big reveals for some of his most anticipated films. 

At the American Film Institute festival in Los Angeles, "The Martian" director painted a very detailed picture of the opening scene of the "Blade Runner" sequel. "Blade Runner," which Scott describes as his "most complete and personal film," redefined the sci-fi genre when it was released in 1982. Despite a poor showing at the box office, it is now regarded as one of the most acclaimed films in the history of cinema. 

Unlike the dystopian urban sprawl of the first film, the "Blade Runner" sequel opens in a "factory farm" in the flatlands of Wyoming, according to Digital Spy. So, close your eyes, pour yourself a drink and let Ridley Scott take it away. 

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.

"Blade Runner" fans, you still breathing?

The film's director Denis Villeneuve already confirmed that star Harrison Ford will reprise his role as bounty hunter Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling is also set to join the sequel, but was reluctant to give any scoop, except confirm his involvement in the film. He told Collider that, "there’s a chip in me, and if I say anything more, I’ll explode.”

Don't jeopardize that face for anything, Ryan. 

 

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