Offer out to Harrison Ford to Reprise His Role as Deckard in Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER Sequel

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Alcon Entertainment has sent out a press release announcing that they’ve put out an offer to Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner sequel.  It’s a bit unusual for a production company to announce that they’re courting an actor; usually, press releases state that the actor is officially on board.  I’m sure this news is making fans happy, and Ford has expressed his interest in returning for the sequel on multiple occasions.  The press release doesn’t provide any details on the story other than saying it takes place several decades after the original.  It also doesn’t state the size of the role, but presumably it would be the lead, or at least one of the leads (maybe they’d hand it off to a younger actor?).  With an offer out to Ford, we don’t know if Scott plans to make Blade Runner 2 his next movie, but it’s certainly an interesting development/studio power play.

Hit the jump for Alcon Entertainment’s press release regarding Blade Runner 2 and Harrison Ford.  Ford is currently reprising another of his classic roles by starring in Star Wars: Episode VII, and he’ll be seen later this summer in The Expendables 3.  As for Scott, he’s currently in talks to direct The Martian starring Matt Damon.

blade-runner-poster-1Here’s the press release:

OFFER OUT TO HARRISON FORD TO RETURN IN

ALCON ENTERTAINMENT’S “BLADE RUNNER” SEQUEL

DIRECTED BY RIDLEY SCOTT

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 14, 2014—Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (‘Prisoners,’ ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘The Book of Eli’) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) and Michael Green are the screenwriters.

While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

State Johnson and Kosove: “We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.”

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released by Warner Bros., “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

“Blade Runner” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.




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  • computerbenefit

    It’s a shame that my excitement for these things die day by day.

  • Leo Spaceman

    I tried to watch Blade Runner. I have no idea what version, apparently there are a couple of cuts, but whatever one it was that I saw ( I think it was on Netflix) I absolutely hated. I thought it was incredibly slow and dull. I honestly just don’t understand the appeal of this movie, and why people are so demanding of a sequel.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Because of Vangelis.
      Because of Harrison Ford
      Because of the amazing design
      Because of the amazing cinematography
      Because of Rachel seducing Deckard in the Tyrell Pyramid
      Because we looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it!

    • The Flobbit

      Blade Runner is, honestly, among the greatest science fiction films ever made: a visually stunning, emotionally haunting, brilliantly acted and thought provoking masterpiece.

      • Leo Spaceman

        It might be all that, but it doesn’t have Optimus Prime riding a Fire Breathing Tyranosaurus Rex into battle.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Thank god, or better yet, thank Ridley Scott.

    • lordjim

      if you don´t understand how to enjoy atmosphere then movies are not your kind of art, just use them for distraction and keep away from the masterpieces of this artform.no bad feelings – read books, listen to music, i don´t know what your thing is but if you don´t understand what´s great about blade runner, you just don´t understand movies.they clearly seem to bore you if you need them to be fast.

      • Anthony Michael

        Blade Runner is my favorite movie, but your response is far more ignorant than anything that Leo Spaceman said. It is completely fair for someone to find the movie too slow or boring for their tastes. There is no film that is immune to criticism.He also never says that anyone is *wrong* for liking the movie–only that he doesn’t understand why they do. Which is fair–unlike your response to him.

        Dismissing someone because he or she dislikes a revered film–and suggesting that they must then only turn to more simple films–is so fucking smug.

      • lordjim

        excuse me, but you completely misunderstand my intentions.i never said anybody has to love or even like blade runner (and of course it has it´s flaws).but to not understand what the appeal is, and what makes it special is something completely different.you still can respect a piece of art that is not your cup of tea for the craftmansship.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      It’s one of those films that grows on you after several viewings. I wasn’t impressed the first time around either.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    As long as they will not bring a Mutt-like guy.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    As long as they will not bring a Mutt-like guy.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Although come on, how funny would that be if they tried that again? Putting Shia Labeouf in as his estranged son who rides hovercycles? If they did that, I might laugh hysterically throughout the entire movie.

  • Erik

    Star Wars Episode 7 hopefully will bring us all the much needed death of Han Solo and will be the last movie I will ever be interested in seeing Harrison Ford in.

  • The Flobbit

    There is an open hand to reprise your greatest role ever, Harrison.

    Ditch The Expendables and the easy paychecks and TAKE IT!

    • Leo Spaceman

      He did take the offer to reprise his greatest role ever. Its filming right now. The character is named Han Solo.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Also, he already reprised his second greatest role ever. It didn’t go so well, a lot of people didn’t like the Shia LePornStar addition to his lineage.

  • Christian

    What a weird strategy to officially announce that an offer has been made. Is that an attempt to publicly pressure Ford into saying yes?

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I think it’s also to quell some of the fan pushback that would (and likely will) say ‘We don’t need a Blade Runner sequel’

  • habb

    I LOVE the first film.
    But i dont know how to feel about a sequel.

  • habb

    I LOVE the first film.
    But i dont know how to feel about a sequel.

  • lordjim

    well the greatest thing about the first one was the design, the music and rutger hauer.(yes, ford is always cool, it´s one of his best roles – i´m happy if he´s back – and sean young was very easy on the eyes back then).the worst thing was the script (not uncommon with ridley scott movies) so i´m not hat happy about the return of hampton fancher, and i really hope he includes a bit more of philip k.dick this time..anyway it´s difficult to imagine they make a good sequel, blade runner was singular (that alone makes it a masterpiece) and a child of it´s time, i´m still hoping for the best.

  • Devin Reed

    This comes off as a little….desperate.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    A sequel involving Ford destroys some of the poetry in the ending of the original (the Final Cut of the original, anyway).

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  • Strong Enough

    hes not returning their phone calls lmaoooo

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