Fans have been waiting patiently for a mere 30 years now for director Ridley Scott to return to the sci-fi genre, and the wait will finally be over with the release of Prometheus this week. As if one Alien-connected return to the genre wasn’t enough, Scott is also developing a sequel to his 1982 classic Blade Runner. We know that the follow-up takes place “some years after the first film” and it was recently announced that the original pic’s writer, Hampton Fancher, has been brought on develop and write the sequel for Scott to direct.
Steve recently sat down with Scott to talk about Prometheus, but the director also shared a ridiculously exciting gift regarding the Blade Runner sequel: he described a full scene. In order to give us an idea of the visual style he’s planning for the follow-up, Scott took the opportunity to map out a scene from the project that could easily serve as the opening to the film. Hit the jump for more.
Steve began by asking Scott if he has already begun thinking about the visuals for the Blade Runner sequel, to which the director replied in the affirmative. Scott then proceeded to describe a scene from the in development project:
“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.”
So, yeah, that happened. Scott is known for crafting some truly gorgeous visuals, and this scene from the Blade Runner sequel appears to be no exception. It’s important to note that the project is still in the early stages of development, so this scene could be vastly different or entirely scrapped when the actual film comes together, but given the nature of the scene and how detailed Scott was about it, I wouldn’t be shocked if this is the in-development opening sequence.
I highly encourage you to actually watch Scott describe the scene in the video below, as he paints a truly vivid picture and almost puts you on the edge of your seat. Look for Steve’s full interview with the filmmaker on the site very soon.