Word has it that the industrial cityscapes of 2019 LA were inspired by Scott’s memories of driving past Port Talbot steelworks at night.
Effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull also created groundbreaking visuals for 2001, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Close Encounters.
At one point Blade Runner was to be set in San Angeles, a vast urban sprawl created from a merged San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Working titles included Dangerous Days and Android. The studio bought the rights to 1974 novel The Bladerunner so they could use the title.