‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Back to the Future’ Production Designer Lawrence Paull Dies at 81

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Lawrence Paull, the Oscar-nominated production designer of director Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” passed away on November 10 in La Jolla, Calif. of heart disease. He was 81.

Per a statement shared with Variety, director Ridley Scott said, “I was always struck by his staunch and faithful support of the strange plan for the unique world of ‘Blade Runner.’” Indeed, Paull’s vision of a dank, industrially ravaged, dystopian future — one not far from our own, as the film was set in Los Angeles 2019 — remains iconic. Director Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sequel “Blade Runner 2049” heavily homaged Paull’s vivid, almost steampunk imagining of a city on the brink of collapse. (That film’s production design team also received an Academy Award nomination.)

Paull also dabbled in time travel, creating the nostalgic mise en scène of “Back to the Future,” which spanned decades from the 1980s to the midcentury, as Michael J. Fox’s
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