‘Blade Runner 2’ filming begins next year, confirms Harrison Ford; Ridley Scott reveals use of ‘The Shining’ footage
Dec 30, 2015 10:55 AM EST
'Blade Runner 2' is a planned sequel to Ridley Scott's film from 1982. Harrison Ford confirmed that filming would begin in fall of 2016. Scott admitted that he used some footage from Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' to complete the first film.
According to the Daily Mail, Ford made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House on December 10 for a Star Wars Fan Event. During his visit, he confirmed that principal photography for the sequel of 'Blade Runner' will commence next year. He revealed, 'We've got a really good script, a good story and a good director and a wonderful cast for the continuation of this story surrounding Blade Runner. I start that on the fall of next year.'
The veteran actor is all set to return for a second time in the series. He portrayed ex-police officer Rick Deckard in 1982's 'Blade Runner'. Deckard was the film's main protagonist and was based on Philip K. Dick's character in the novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'.
Meanwhile, Ridley Scott will not be returning to helm 'Blade Runner 2'. The multi-award winning filmmaker directed Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos in the first neo-noir science fiction film. According to HitFix, he revealed some insider information during Hollywood Reporter's Director's Roundtable including the fact that he used some helicopter footage from Stanley Kubrick's cult favorite 'The Shining' to complete the first film.
Scott admitted that his investors back then gave him a hard time over his final cut of 'Blade Runner' since it was too abstract for their taste. He decided he needed help with some scenes.
He said, "I had talked to Stanley [Kubrick] a few times. I called him up. I said: 'Listen. I know you shot the hell out of The Shining. I know you've got [hours] of helicopter stuff. Can I have some of the stuff?' The next day I had 17 hours of helicopter footage. So the end of Blade Runner is Stanley Kubrick's footage." The said footage was used in the title sequence of Kubrick's film where a yellow Volkswagen Bug drives up a winding road.
According to another article by Cinema Blend, Ryan Gosling will be taking on the new lead role since Ford is said to only make a brief appearance. Denis Villeneuve is taking over the director's seat and acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins has signed on as cinematographer.
'Blade Runner 2' is a planned science-fiction film intended as a sequel to Ridley Scott's masterpiece from the 1980s. The original film was a modified adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel and earned $33.8 million in the box office.