Harrison Ford Being Sought to Return for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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Readers with long memories may recall that Sir Ridley Scott has been mulling over the notion of making a sequel to his 1982 science fiction classic, Blade Runner, since last year; they may also remember that towards the tail end of 2012, that film’s star, genre icon Harrison Ford, expressed a modicum of subdued interest in reprising his role as the android-hunting Rick Deckard. As much as the film is self-contained, Scott seems to have more story to tell within the dystopian world Phillip K. Dick invented on the page in 1968.

What, exactly, that story happens to be about remains an enigma. Scott hasn’t made more than a peep about his script, or even the ideas he’ll be injecting into it, and has gone on record only to say that it’s happening. Equally mysterious is the film’s production timeline; vague overtures made by Fox suggest that the picture could open in US theaters as soon as March, 2016, but that feels too generous to be realistic. Even Ford’s place in all of this is unknown, as the actor’s name hasn’t come up in conversation about the film since he first piped up about it seven months ago.

Apparently, Alcon Entertainment – the production studio backing Blade Runner 2 – feels as uncomfortable about that uncertainty. Earlier today, the company issued a press release that more or less offers the part to Ford outright. Word on this unorthodox move comes from the folks at THR; unsurprisingly, Alcon has no excess information to offer about the film itself, as they’ve only taken the bold opportunity to open negotiations with Ford through the press.

To describe their campaign as “unprecedented” almost feels like an understatement; nobody approaches an actor for a role on a public stage like this. That’s not to say that Alcon has made a bad move, per se, though they’ll wind up with a full omelet on their face if Ford ends up declining their offer. On the other hand, if he accepts, then their gambit will have paid off, but in between now and the time it takes for Ford to make up his mind one way or the other, one can only look at Alcon’s plan of action and raise an eyebrow.

But as unconventional as the studio’s tactics are, it’s even odder to think that audiences might actually be treated to a Blade Runner sequel starring Harrison Ford in this decade. A few years ago, nobody might have bought into the possibility that he might end up collaborating with Scott to explore Blade Runner‘s bleak, hard boiled landscape anew. Yet here we are today, staring down the barrel of a possible follow-up to one of cinema’s most celebrated sci-fi narratives.

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Will Ford accept? Will he say no? Ford had a packed 2013 slate thanks to his presence on movies ranging from Ender’s Game to 42, and thanks to his confirmed involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s unlikely he’ll be getting less busy in the foreseeable future. (Especially in light of his allegedly “gigantic” role in the film.) And none of this even raises the question of whether he and Scott should be pursuing a Blade Runner sequel in the first place – not just because of the film’s lauded status but in consideration of how much they both have on their plates. Ford’s presence in Star Wars aside, Scott has Exodus, a Prometheus sequel, The Martian, and The Forever War in his sights already.

Maybe Scott can balance that stacked workload, maybe not. If Ford turns down Alcon, it’s probably irrelevant, as Scott has planned for Blade Runner 2 to take place decades after the original film; recasting Deckard in that context seems like a mistake (though Scott’s past mentions of a female protagonist might make the character obsolete anyways). For now, this is just a waiting game as Alcon waits on Ford’s reply, but theirs is a one of a kind circumstance, to say the least.

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Source: THR

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  1. Would someone please tell me why there needs to be a sequel to Blade Runner at all??? Are there NO fresh ideas left???

    • I was about to say that very thing….Star Trek, Star Wars, Disney Fairy Tales, SpiderMan, X-Men, Video Game moves…heck even Point Brake….

      #StopTheInsanity

    • not that there arnt any ideas its just that they wanna make movies that guarantee money.

    • Maybe the Blade Runner 2 is someone doing Inception inside the matrix while doing some kind of Altered States kind of thing

    • I would of thought having Ford back will answer the enduring question of whether he was a replican or not. Being that he would be old and obviously past the 4 year life span does that not ruin the original mystery of the film.

      If this has been answered before then I apologise for being ill informed I know how some Ranters like to jump down the throat of those not in the know.

    • Agreed!! No need for this!! PKD is rolling in his grave.

  2. This would completely diminish the impact of the final cut’a ambiguous and incredible ending

  3. not seen the first but i was told its one of the most overrated movies ever.

    • How is that a relevant comment? The first was a classic, but requires a thoughtful watch.

    • It is an overrated movie but still worth a watch just for the visuals alone. It pretty much set the tone and look for all neo-future cityscape in fiction after that, especially in the manga and anime genres.

    • I wouldn’t go that far. Blade Runner is actually a really good movie. It’s just can’t live up to the ridiculous amount of hype that’s been heaped upon it.

    • Then, you were told something stup!d by some very misinformed people.

    • Well done on adding nothing to this conversation. Btw its one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever. Actually movies full stop.

    • I wouldn’t say that, no. I wouldn’t say that. I think it depends on what you’re looking for. It came out in the eighties and is about a dystopian future with robots. Compared to Terminator(s), Robocop and others it is a much slower film, and the “action” is very tame. So, it’s sort an acquired taste.

      As someone mentioned, you’ll notice a lot of anime takes after Blade Runner. Ghost in the Shell and Akira both look eerily similar.

  4. The no fresh ideas criticism is in itself old and tired. I’ve been hearing and reading that same criticism since the 80′s. Oh the irony.

    • There will be more sequels released in the next two years, than at any other point in cinematic history.

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  5. I’m having trouble imagining a scenario where this sequel gets made and is actually well received, regardless of its actual quality.

  6. The world of Blade Runner definitely has more stories to tell, but for the love of Dr. Eldon Tyrell, leave Harrison Ford out of it.

  7. I’d love to see what the hook for this story is.

    Why?

    I’m curious to see how they solved the problem of how he got older, if he was a clone/android.

  8. IMO, not overrated at all, one of my top 5 favorite films ever (specifically the director’ cut, not even sure if I’ve seen the other 20 cuts of the movie). I would be interested in a sequel, but not if they bring back Ford.

  9. Can they go back and un-make Blade Runner 1.
    Cuz that movie sucks. As in it was not good, or enjoyable to watch.

    Sorry, but it had to be said.

    • Yes, it has to be said, for all of the majority of people who agree with you. I hope you see this reply in the sea of replies agreeing with that…

  10. i can see this…Deckard and Racheal’s d.n.a. was the new prototype(it’s hinted in the original movie.)they were meant to find each other(heck, Tyrell threw them at each other!) they leave the mega cities behind and breed and grow old. this would be Tyrell’s dream of “more human than human”. but can mankind and the “Bladerunners” accept this? even if a Bladerunner is in love with the replicant daughter? and what does this mean for humanity?
    Ford is the father that can help her survive. Sean Young is the mother who may never accept that she’s a replicant (dammit, she needs the work!)R. Gossling is the Bladerunner in love….
    i’d see this movie.. as long as it’s not prometheus again, why Scott, why?…

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  11. I like Harrison Ford, I like Ridley Scott, I love Vangelis who wrote and performed the music for the first one, I like Science Fiction if well-done. However, do we really need a second Blade Runner film, when there are so many other properties out there in the form of good books that could really use having a movie made for them? Perhaps I need to rewatch BR again top refresh my memory a bit to see if we indeed need a sequel? It has been years….

  12. How could Harrison Ford be in it? Doesn’t his character die shortly after the ending of the movie??? (implied)

  13. I vote NO for a sequel.
    But I’m open for a fresh Reboot with an all-new cast members.

  14. I don’t mind a sequel but please leave Deckards character out of it. His story has been told and was wrapped up nicely in a big bag of questions and mythology. If Ridley Scott goes down the Rick Deckard route then he needs to hang his head in shame because it would only serve as a total lack of reverence for a classic movie. It doesn’t matter whether you like the film or not there is simply no denying it. Just go look at all the forums churning up many questions and debates and tell me how many others movies have done that.

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