Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is rightly regarded as a sci-fi classic, which in 2015 terms means that someone is looking to revive the beloved property. That’s why Blade Runner 2 is currently in the works, and while we know that Harrison Ford will reprise his role of Rick Deckard, details have otherwise been sparse thus far. The latest bit of news is that Ryan Gosling will officially be co-starring in the sequel. Gosling confirmed his involvement during an interview with Collider, acknowledging that he’s excited to work with Director Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario) and cinematographer Roger Deakins on the project. Sadly, he refused to elaborate further, citing a microchip in his skull that will explode if he reveals too many secrets.
Fortunately, Ridley Scott has no such microchip. The Director of the original Blade Runner remains involved with the new project, and helpfully described the layout for the opening scene during a conversation at the AFI Film Fest (transcribed by JoBlo). Technically this is spoiler territory, but the details have far more to do with atmosphere than they do with plot. Even so, it’s best to consider yourself warned.
According to Scott, Blade Runner 2 begins when Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard lands a flying car outside a farmhouse on a flat, sprawling factory farm, then goes inside to wait for a very large 350 pound man for reasons that remain unclear. The rural aesthetic is reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, which would make for a different yet equally bleak future dystopia.
There’s also a pot of stew on in the kitchen. I’m not sure what’s so important the stew.
Blade Runner 2 should enter full production sometime next summer.