Coming off yesterday’s report that Ryan Gosling will be officially starring alongside Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2 (official title still unknown), writer / producer Ridley Scott has detailed his vision for the opening scene of the film.
Scott, who directed the original Blade Runner, spoke to a group at AFI Film Fest, detailing how the sequel will begin.
According to Scott, the film will begin with establishing shots of a flat, picturesque farm space, akin to the rural lands of Wyoming. In the distance lies a large, dead tree being held up by a system of intricate wires, which Scott said won’t be unlike imagery found within John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Grapes of Wrath.
In the midst of the almost artificial quiet, Scott explained that the first bit of movement will focus on a spinner (a flying car) landing on the base of the property.
“Of course, traditionally chased by a dog that barks, the doors open, a guy gets out and there you’ve got Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford),” Scott said. “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.”
Scott ended the segment of the talk by acknowledging the unknown man, who’s quite large (so probably not Ryan Gosling), approaches Deckard, but wouldn’t reveal anything else about the scene. Whether or not he’s a friend or foe will remain a secret until the movie is released.
Given that the original film was set exclusively in the smog-hazed glow of a futuristic Los Angeles, it will be interesting to see what rural areas look like in the Blade Runner universe (and other locations for that matter).
The Blade Runner sequel is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and does not currently have a release date.