Ridley Scott Reveals the Opening to the BLADE RUNNER Sequel – American Film Institute


Ridley Scott Reveals the Opening to the BLADE RUNNER Sequel

Ridley Scott appeared at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi to not only talk about his many notable past projects and his current film – THE MARTIAN –but also about his upcoming sequel to BLADE RUNNER, in which Harrison Ford is set to return as Rick Deckard and will also star Ryan Gosling.

Read the transcription of his very special sneak peek and then watch video of it below. Spoiler alert!

We decided to start the film off with what was the original starting block of the original film. We always loved the original idea of a dystopian universe, which was way ahead of the game, cause we start off at what I would describe as a “factory farm” – not rolling. Flat. You can see for 20 miles. No fences, just plowed, dry dirt. You pan around and you see a massive tree, which is dead, but the tree is being celebrated and kept alive by four horses so that wires are holding the tree up. It’s a bit like “Grapes of Wrath”– there’s dust. And the tree is still standing. By the tree is a traditional, “Grapes of Wrath”-type white cottage with porch. Behind it at a distance of two miles, in the twilight, is this massive combine harvester that’s fertilizing this ground that’s really on the way out. He’s got 16 Klieg lights on the front, and this combine is four times the size of the cottage. And now a spinner comes flying in, creating dust and, of course, traditionally chased by the dog, barks, the doors open, 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 – the owner of 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 a man climbs down from a ladder – this is a big man. He steps on the balcony, you go to Harrison (Ford) inside. The cottage literally goes [makes creaking sound]; this guy’s gotta be 350 pounds. I’m not telling you anything else because you’ve gotta go out to see the movie.

Watch Scott explain it himself below.

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