I adore Blade Runner with a passion, really really love it. I admire everything about the film, and if I could, so help me I would worship it! Ridley Scott’s other sci-fi masterpiece never gets boring, and the talk of a sequel has got me, well, a little flustered I must say.
Now, having recently watched Prometheus, I did enjoy the film, (review here) and I was completely in awe of how well the film was presented on screen. Visually, I doubt you will see anything as good all year, it was only the writing and characters which let the film down. So, with Scott now about to start work on a sequel to Blade Runner, I am nervous he might miss a trick again. See, Prometheus was a very impressive film, but the legacy of Alien deserved better, and a film as bloody important as Prometheus, absolutely nothing should have gone wrong.
Which leads me into my concerns on the Blade Runner sequel. Do we really need one? Well, if Scott can get it right, then I will be most interested, but I would really feel sickened if he tarnished the brilliance of Blade Runner with a visual spectacular low on story. Please Mr Scott, hired some better writers before you even think about anything else.
Anyway, in a recent interview with Collider, Scott was asked about the planned sequel to Blade Runner, and he apparently got very excited and described a specific scene:
“There’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight,” says Scott, “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, because it’s dawn.”
“The harvester is as big as six houses,” he continues. “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.”
I will admit to get a few goosebumps just reading that, I can picture the scene, and it is epic. From the sounds of it, Scott has a pretty good vision already, however this IS just one scene, but I like what I hear. Even though it is a million miles away from the gorgeous, frantic design of a future L.A in the original film, it does sound pretty impressive.
By Matt Wavish