Where Ridley Scott Got That BLADE RUNNER 2 Scene From

Yesterday we passed along a quote from director Ridley Scott describing a scene he had in mind for his currently-being-written Blade Runner 2. In an interview with Collider, the director sketched out the following image –

There’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight, and it’s flat like the plains of… 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.

Well, it turns out that this is an image that the director has actually had since he was developing the first Blade Runner film back in the early 1980s. Bleeding Cool was able to dig out the original citation in the Dangerous Days documentary found on the big 5-disc Blade Runner DVD/Blu-ray set. Storyboards for the sequence can also be found in the book Shot-By-Shot. And if you’re interested in seeing how those storyboards, someone has taken and animated them.

Of course, the same caveat as yesterday is still in effect and we should remember that Blade Runner 2 is still in early stages of development and this scene could very well be cut somewhere along the way.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty-five years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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