Why Ridley Scott Used Footage from 'The Shining' for the Ending of 'Blade Runner'

Why Ridley Scott Used Footage from 'The Shining' for the Ending of 'Blade Runner'

Oct 16, 2013

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining are two beloved films with rabid fan bases — but many probably don't realize that Scott used footage shot for the opening of The Shining for the original wide release ending of Blade Runner.

One of the problems audiences had with Scott's film back in 1982 was the ending. Viewers felt cold, and the director concluded he could fix that. Plans were hatched to shoot a new, upbeat ending in the Big Bear Lake area, which featured Harrison Ford and Sean Young driving into the mountains to begin the rest of their life together. The problem was, the new wide-angle footage was too cloudy and snowy to be useful.

Inspiration struck when Scott remembered that Stanley Kubrick shot a bunch of wide-angle helicopter footage for the opening of The Shining. The iconic imagery of the Torrances driving up to the Overlook Hotel would be instantly recognizable to viewers, but the unused footage could possibly save his movie.

Kubrick was approached with the idea and agreed to the plan. A fan of Scott's Alien, Kubrick made just one stipulation — that none of the footage used in The Shining turn up in Blade Runner. Scott willingly agreed, and the rest is movie history. Blade Runner ended with shots acquired several years earlier for an entirely different film.

These videos will take you behind the scenes and reveal how Scott came up with the idea in the first place. See the actual first wide theatrical ending utilizing said footage, below. [via Open Culture]



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