I have seen four different versions of Ridley Scott’s neo-noir classic, “Blade Runner,” and that’s not even all the cuts that are out there. You might say, I’m somewhat devoted to the film. Anyway, I bring this up because as you may have heard, Scott is making a sequel to the prophetic sci-fi film. We don’t know much about it yet other than that both Harrison Ford, who was the protagonist in the original, and Ryan Gosling are in the cast. There is no title, other than “Blade Runner 2,” or a release date, although there is apparently a script. There is also an opening sequence, or at least there’s one in Ridley Scott’s noggin that he revealed to Digital Spy yesterday. Here it is:
( I recommend listening to this while reading to establish the atmosphere)
“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.”
This rural approach is significantly different than 1982 film opening that shows a long-shot over dystopian Los Angeles. It’s a captivating shot. Here’s the Final Cut version.
Ridley Scott is on board as producer for this film, he’s not actually directing it. That honor goes to Denis Villeneuve (Sicario). But it’s clear that Scott will still be playing a big role in how the film is shot.
I’m not sure where the plot for the sequel is coming from. The original film was based loosely on, author, Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” a must read for sci-fi fans. There are actually three novels that are considered sequels to the original film all written by another great sci-fi author, K. W. Jeter. I have not read them, but I do have “Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human” collecting dust on my self. The beginning of that book also has Deckard out in a cabin as well, so maybe there will be some similarities to the book in the new film.