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Is Denis Villeneuve taking Deckard out of the city he knows so well?

First scene of Blade Runner 2 revealed in detail

Ridley Scott: ‘Wyoming. Flat, not rolling – you can see for 20 miles – no fences, just ploughed, dry dirt’

It’s all coming out about Blade Runner 2. This week it was revealed that Ryan Gosling would definitely be starring in the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel. Now producer Ridley Scott, who directed the original, has given a detailed description of the film’s opening scene. In the sequence, Deckard (Harrison Ford) has escaped the corridors of the city and the looming threat of the Tyrell Corporation for a well-deserved break in more scenic surroundings. Think less off-world colony, more on-world countryside.

Speaking at the AFI Festival, Scott offered a wonderfully descriptive account of the how the film begins.

“Wyoming. Flat, not rolling – you can see for 20 miles,” he said. “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.”

To me, it sounds like Deckard’s living in a post-apocalyptic world, but maybe I just don’t get out of the city enough.