Potential SPOILERS AHEAD, for anyone wanting to go into Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated ‘Blade Runner’ sequel with fresh eyes.
It seems Scott has been prepping this movie for a very long time in his head, and has had some scenes planned for years. The scene were discussing today is the opening to the new movie, which is actually how Scott originally wanted to open the original ‘Blade Runner‘ movie (see original concept art to the right), which is why he has known he was going to use it in the sequel for years. Check out this interview from 2012, wherre Scott is already describing the opening scene from the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel:
“There’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight, and it’s flat like the plains of—where’s the Great Plains in America? Kansas, where you can see for miles. And it’s dirt, but it’s being raked. On the horizon is a combine harvester which is futuristic with klieg lights, ‘cause it’s dawn. The harvester is as big as six houses. In the foreground is a small white clapboard hut with a porch as if it was from Grapes of Wrath. From the right comes a car, coming in about six feet off the ground being chased by a dog. And that’s the end of it, I’m not gonna tell you anything else.”
And here is his updated description, now that the script is most written and they are finally preparing to shoot the sequel:
“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.”
In the original ‘Blade Runner’ script, at this point Deckard introduces himself, then shoots the man standing besides him, immediately followed by ripping the jaw off the body, revealing the “man” was actually a robotic replicant. Whether or not Scott is going to do the same thing now is questionable, but since he has described the man standing with Deckard as being pretty big (350 pounds), it might be that the scene will be a bit more action packed, with a fight ensuing where Deckard struggles a bit more to kill the massive replicant.
Either way, the visuals of the opening scene sound amazing, and I cannot wait to see what Scott has in mind for audiences when the film hits theaters.