Contrary to previous reports that Harrison Ford was in talks to possibly reprise his role (in cameo form or something else) in Ridley Scott’s new Blade Runner movie, we’re now hearing definitive reports from producer/financier Alcon Entertainment that this is untrue. Andrew Kosove, speaking on behalf of himself and his Alcon Entertainment partner Broderick Johnson, said they wanted to put a stop to the rumor of Ford’s return to the film. While it’s still a go that Scott will return to direct, this new denial falls into line with previous reports and comments from Ford himself. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reported on the denial from the heads of Alcon Entertainment, the production and financial backer teaming with Scott for the Blade Runner sequel. Here’s what Kosove had to say:
“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner. To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”
While they respect Ford’s work and the awesomeness of his resume, it doesn’t seem like they are interested in continuing Deckard’s story line. Kosove compares Scott’s work on the Blade Runner sequel to that over his Alien-prequel, Prometheus:
“It’s like asking if we’re going to make the sky red or blue, there has been no discussion about it. What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we’re trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie.”
Finally, to lend a shade of gray to the question of whether or not Ford would return, Kosove said the following:
“In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely.”
How’s that for finality? Get caught up on all of our previous coverage of the Blade Runner sequel here and stay tuned to see if we can get final word on Ford’s presence or absence in the film.