Is Harrison Ford in Talks to Join Ridley Scott’s New BLADE RUNNER Sequel?

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Alcon Entertainment announced development on a new Blade Runner movie last year to much dismay.  However, the fan base was drawn back in with the follow-up announcement that Ridley Scott will return to direct.  Up until now, it sounded as if there was no chance Harrison Ford would reprise his starring role in what Scott says is “liable to be a sequel.”  Alcon president Andrew Kosgrove stated, “If you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no.”  Ford spoke about the project from a distance: “I wouldn’t feel bad if I were not invited to the party.”  Scott said the movie will not follow the original characters, including Ford’s Deckard.  Can’t be much clearer than that.  And yet…

Twitch hears Ford has entered into early talks to join the sequel.  They offer no further details, so it’s possible the semantics allow for him to cameo or play a different character.  But this diverges greatly from the company line, especially if he will reprise the role of Deckard.  More after the jump.

blade-runner-sequel-posterScott has shown a penchant for roundabout follow-ups with Prometheus, which takes just strands of the Alien DNA and makes something that is cut to look exactly like Alien.  So I am very curious to see what Ford’s role will be in this new movie, if he is indeed in talks and they can come to an agreement.  Scott indicated that development on the story is “quite a long way in,” so it seems an odd time to just now bring in Ford to the discussion.  But Scott and Alcon are still looking for a writer, so there’s definitely time to work or rework the story around Deckard.

If we have to revisit Blade Runner, this is probably the best way to do it, with the men who made the first one so great involved.  But the key will be a good story that justifies coming back to the Blade Runner universe.  We’ll have a better sense of the true potential in June when Prometheus comes out, and we can see if Scott has his sci-fi mojo back.  But in the meantime, this is a cool development.  Now someone please call Edward James Olmos‘ agent.

Here’s the synopsis for the original:

Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard’s former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. [Fandango]

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  • papasteve

    In the directors cut it’s strongly intimated that Deckard’s a replicant and has a built-in short life span, so it doesn’t really follow that he’d be alive and nearly 70 years old. Hopefully Scott isn’t going to come up with some kind of revisionist solution to this problem which will change the way we view the original. It’s also possible that the new film will somehow be a follow up to the original studio cut of the film (where Ford supposedly isn’t a replicant) which Scott disliked and ultimately corrected. Let’s pray that Ridders isn’t going to spend his dotage completely fucking up his legacy – one George Lucas is enough for any galaxy.

  • Ryan

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Blade Runner. Seen it 3 times, including for film school. Still, I LOVE the art direction, cinematography, and feel.

    I would go to a sequel if Harrison Ford came back as a Deckard who was designed to age. That or you could go the Jeff Bridges route and de-age him. I honestly didn’t think that looked so bad.

    Ford needs a hit. I actually liked Extraordinary Measures, Morning Glory, and Cowboys & Aliens. He was at his best in the middle one there, but they were all the same role in some respect. Give him a new Indy movie or something where he’s not a gruff SOB. I want back the Harrison who gets first billing, and his character may be tough, but likeable.

  • Kyle

    I only see one problem to this – unless they digatally de-age Harrison (which has look terrible in the past, see Tron 2), they will answer once and for all if Deckard is (spoiler alert for a movie 25 years old) a replicant. I don’t remember replicant’s aging, so if they have 60 year old Ford as Deckard, it pretty much automatically means he’s human.

  • Commerce

    “If we have to revisit Blade Runner, this is probably the best way to do it,”

    But we DON’T!

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  • vj1277

    Harrison Ford in Bladerunner would be interesting. He could play Decker’s actual programmer, a human. I don’t think they’ll mess that up considering it’s the same people making the film. They should get David and Janet Peoples to write it again (I’m sure they have some new ideas).

    Also, Tron Legacy didn’t have any deaging; it used head replacement like Benjamin Button. The opening scene of XMen 3 had deaging, and the result was great. Just not a great movie.

    • Ard

      Replicants are not programmed, they are manufactured with physical dispositions and in some cases have memories implanted. The whole point of the movie is whether they should have emotions and lives of their own. Your incorrect usage of the term while superficially harmless is a fine example of why I prefer people to leave Blade Runner alone and make something new but thematically similar like “Moon” instead. It’s not like anyone would misinterpret Blade Runner because of a gaff like yours (ha ha) but why risk ruining something else?

      • vj1277

        Ard,

        The Replicants are biorobots that are designed and “programmed” or implanted with memories to function as human; this is a fact according to the Bladerunner universe.

        I was referring to to the person that implants the memories as the “Programmer”; Harrison Ford playing this role, as an older designer with a replicant in his likeness would be no different from Bishop in the Aliens and his creator in Alien 3, or JF Sebastian (who was a “genetic designer” in Bladerunner). The roles aren’t clearly defined but lifted from bio-technology.

        I support the making of another Bladerunner movie; did Alien vs Predator ruin “Alien” or “Aliens” for you? Did the new “The Thing” ruin Carpenter’s “The Thing”? C’mon. Bladerunner is always going to be groundbreaking, and Ridley Scott movies are pretty terrible compared to how they once were. He’s definitely going to mess it up, but who better than Tyrell (haha) to do it?

  • ulanbator

    agree with vj1277…to go further i see a big potential for a chronologically and thematically woven together masterpiece-arc with blade runner(2019)/ its sequel(2050-60′s?)/prometheus(late 21st Century)/alien(2122) . as long as the thread is subtle yet solid and not as ludicrous as…you know the beardy guy…

  • ulanbator

    balde runner stands by itself obviously…and yet i see a big potential for a masterpiece arc that would work chronologically and thematically with:
    blade runner(2019)
    its sequel (2050′s-60′s?)
    prometheus (late 21st Century)
    alien(2120)

    …as long as the thread is solid yet subtle unlike:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kayFrIR-Qfw
    and…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6bEs3dxjPg

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  • RogerBacon

    Couldn’t Ford return as a new or older version of the deckard-style replicant, or do they say in Blade Runner that every replicant is 100% unique in appearance and personality?

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  • DR J

    it only makes sense to have ford as deckard back, same with scott – perfect fit, ford could be the aging human hiding up north where we left him, rachel is long gone, so is everyone else,after 30 yrs, replicants are now hunting humans – making them slaves , deckard is in fact human, but has found info on how to wipeout all replicants with a virus attacking only replicants – how to infect them becomes difficult ,he has to infiltrate them by becoming a replicant – it is here we find out how replicants were made in the first place,deckard dies in his attempt but not before destroying thousands of replicants , not all are destroyed and there are still plenty of humans who now plan to rebel against them and turn the tables once again , film could be shot up north – possible location – BC Canada

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