Harrison Ford Confirms Early Talks for ‘Blade Runner 2′

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Ridley Scott’s next film, the Cormac McCarthy-scripted crime drama/thriller The Counselor, opens near the end of this month, but he’s already lined up his next directorial project: the religious drama Exodus, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Moses and Ramses (set for release in December 2014). Meanwhile, the hard-working filmmaker has set writers to work on scripts for two new installments in the two sci-fi franchises that he originated: Alien/Prometheus and Blade Runner (the latter based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, of course).

Back in February 2012, there were rumors that Harrison Ford had begun talks to reprise as (human? Replicant?) replicant-hunter Rick Deckard in the long-awaited second Blade Runner movie (be it Prometheus-style spinoff or more traditional sequel). However, such claims were quickly dismissed by producer Andrew Kosove (Prisoners), who insisted at the time that “what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story… The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”

Well, things have changed in the 20 months since then, as now Ford has confirmed that he has, in fact, been in (very) early talks to appear in the new Blade Runner installment. The actor is working the press circuit in order to promote next month’s release of Ender’s Game (the anticipated sci-fi novel adaptation featuring Ford in a key supporting role), which allowed IGN the opportunity to ask the famous actor about the proposed next chapter in the Blade Runner story.

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When IGN asked if he was interested in working again with Scott on another Blade Runner installment, Ford replied:

“Yeah, we’ve been chatting about it.”

He elaborated a bit more, after the interviewer asked him about the longtime reports/claims (based partly on the actor’s comments over the years) that Ford doesn’t exactly remember working on the original Blade Runner with “fondness”:

“I remember it with complication, but… I’m not there to generate nostalgic moments. I’m there to do a job of work and I quite understand that… Everybody has an ambition when they come into a film and that everyone’s ambition may not be so focused on the same thing. I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director and I would be very happy to engage again with him in the telling – the further telling of this story.”

Ford is already lined up to revisit one cherished sci-fi well from his past, as it has been all but officially confirmed that he will reprise as an older Han Solo (now a father to a new generation of heroes and husband to Leia Skywalker, most likely) in Star Wars: Episode VII. While that “announcement” has generally been well-received, the prospect of Ford reprising as Deckard in the Blade Runner followup has always been more controversial (as has the project in general) – not least of all, because of the implications it could end up having for the never-ending debate about whether Deckard is a human or a replicant (ignoring the comments on the issue made by Ford and Scott over the years, that is).

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Having said that, the news that Ford has “chatted” with Scott and (presumably) the people who hold the rights to the Blade Runner franchise shouldn’t be taken as tantamount to him being locked to appear in the film. A script is currently being put together by Michael Green (co-writer of Green Lantern and writer/producer alum of TV shows like Heroes and Everwood), so it is certainly possible that Green’s finished a rough draft that includes the Deckard character, primarily so it can be determined if he fits in the story – one which takes place many years after the first Blade Runner and revolves around a female protagonist (or so we’ve heard).

A Prometheus sequel is also being written as we speak, meaning there’s also a reasonable chance that Scott will direct that film after he completes post-production on Exodus (i.e. before he turns his attention squarely towards making another Blade Runner movie). As such, it may be some time before we find out whether or not anything came of Ford and Scott’s conversations about the project – and even longer before production gets underway… assuming it does eventually (knock on wood).

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We’ll let you know more information about the Blade Runner followup when we do.

Source: IGN

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  1. This is better than a reboot. Me thinks.

  2. No reboot needed at all

    • If I want a reboot, I’ll go to the shoe-store.

  3. Cool a sequel

  4. Back slowly away from the Prometheus… hands behind your back… you have the right to remain silent. I suggest for the good of all film mankind, you take this right.

  5. I honestly think Blade Runner is one of the most overrated films ever made. Not bad, just ok. I don’t understand why it’s referred to as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all-time. Not really interested in seeing this, but maybe it will be an improvement over the original.

    • It’s a brilliant film. It’s a sad display of humanism which really hits and by the conclusion as everybody feels a sympathy for the characters that we didn’t have moments before. It’s an emotional struggle of artificial but sentient beings longing for life after harsh subjugation and their lust for survival and happiness in life. It sounds goofy and implausible considering their robotic, but everything feels shockingly real. And that’s the beauty of Blade Runner.

    • Theme music by Vangelis was good, though. Crank it up!

    • I didn’t think the movie was very special at all, really didn’t care for it.

    • I guess you have to be able to appreciate art, human psychology, and sophisticated adult-level storytelling to like Blade Runner. It’s not a whiz-bang action film. It’s a spiritual journey.

      The artistry of this film is amazing. The visual aesthetic, the sheer VISION of the future this film displays, was and has remained iconic and groundbreaking. It has only influenced just about every sci-fi film since its inception.

      Overrated? I don’t think so.

  6. I’d imagine that Ford’s role would be much smaller this time around (Ridley has already said that there will be a female protagonist). However, Ford returning in any capacity would still be a plus in my book.

  7. My only question about Blade Runner 2 is, will they be bringing back Sean Young?

    She’s nuts.

    I don’t think Ridley Scott is brave enough to deal with Sean Young. He might end up with his (unmentionable) krazy glued to his thigh, like James Wood.

    • Did that really happen to James Woods? Guess that is why his last name has “wood” in it!

      • Used Elmer’s “Goo”, no doubt.

  8. Ridley Scott was also discussing a sequel to Gladiator, with Russell Crowe being a warrior through time. He discusses a lot.

    • I usually enjoy Ridley Scott (especially Alien! That was great!). He may not always have the best movies every time, but he does not bomb out every time, either…more success than many directors.

    • It’s too bad they did not do the Gladiator prequel like originally contemplated. Gladiator was decent, so I would watch the prequel as well.

  9. How is this possible for Harrison Ford?

    (SPOILER)

    I thought Blade Runner’s ending implied he was a replicant which means he can’t age, and obviously Harrison Ford looks significantly older. Unless they decide to go the Terminator Salvation route, LOL.

    • This guy here has the point I was going to make, Deckard was a simulant for my money and Rachel cant come back as she was too….. Maybe the simulants have progressed so much that they now age to look ‘more human’ haha

      • Sorry, Replicant not simulant.

    • Lets just use CGI to make him younger.
      Look at the Tron Sequel, where they used Flints Younger Face which looked pretty convincing.
      It would be possible, just saying.
      I also would love to see a Sequel, loved the First Movie.

  10. So I guess this means Scott is accepting that Deckard was not a replicant?

  11. Harrison Ford was always a pretty decent actor. I especially enjoyed him as Jack Ryan in “Clear and Present Danger” and “Patriot Games”, and also in the movie “Air Force One” as the battling President. If any of you Ford fans have never seen those, treat yourself to some good entertainment!

  12. Man… you don’t entrust a Blade Runner 2 script to a guy who co-wrote Green Lantern.

    • Of course, on the other hand, you can not trust all the haters who lavished a mammoth-load of undeserved hate on Green Lantern to know a good movie if it hit them between the eyes!

  13. I loved Promethus and can’t wait for the sequel, I’ve always loved Blade Runner too.. I ahve no concept of how a sequel can improve upon the original but they can definitely add to the whole shared universe which Alien and Blade Runner inhabit… I hope Philip K Dick’s estate is involved in the development process to ensure it maintains the atmosphere of the original.

  14. In the Directors Cut Gaff leaves the origami Unicorn for Deckard to find in reference to the dream he had the night before. Gaff could only have known this if Deckard was a replicant. That being said the Unicorn dream wasn’t in other releases and Ford has always maintained Deckard wasn’t a replicant.

    The fact that there are so many different versions would suggest people involved with project had differing takes on the story and weather or not Deckard is or isn’t a replicant.

    Because of all this speculation they can pretty much do what they want with a sequel/prequel and explain it in anyway they see fit which ultimately will take something away from a brilliant original movie.

    • That dream sequence was actually a clip from a Tom Cruise film called “Legend”. It was inserted into the theatrical cut of “Blae Runner”.

      • Oops *Blade*

  15. Scott described a scene for BR2 back in June of 2012…

    “There’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight,” says Scott, “and it’s flat like the plains of – where’s the Great Plains in America? Kansas, where you can see for miles. And it’s dirt, but it’s being raked. On the horizon is a combine harvester which is futuristic with klieg lights, because it’s dawn.”

    “The harvester is as big as six houses,” he continues. “In the foreground is a small white clapboard hut with a porch as if it was from Grapes Of Wrath. From the right comes a car, coming in about six feet off the ground being chased by a dog. And that’s the end of it, I’m not gonna tell you anything else.”

    • Yeah I heard that at the time and then nothing……. I guess he probably has lots of ideas just knocking about.

  16. Hmmmm… Think this just made my day.

  17. In the book Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep Deckard isn’t a replicant… Its a great book, much funnier and more comedic than the film which is not something you would expect if you saw Blade Runner first.

  18. Interesting…

  19. Yay! Green Lantern was such a brilliant script!

    Seriously, this really sucks. This will NOT be good.

  20. I remember seeing Bladerunner in the cinema when it first came out and I was completely in awe of everything about it and it still remains my all time favourite film. One of the things that makes this a classic is the differing versions and all the mystery and debates surrounding it. To bring Deckard back would destroy all that mythology – whether you think he’s human or replicant is irrelevant and whether you like the film or not is irrelevant. All you can ask is how many other films in the history of cinema can claim to creating such a tide of unending discussion – that is what makes it a classic. For me, Deckard was always human and bringing back Ford, with the obvious implications of his age, would only confirm what I think. But I would prefer if he didn’t return as I don’t want to be proved right and there’s no way in the world Ridley could re-create the potent magic of the original. No way!

  21. This is not the worst news that I’ve heard. Bring it on.

    Maybe Eva Green could be in this film.

  22. Way to go SR. Now Sean Young will show up at Ridley Scott’s office dressed in full replicant regalia.

  23. “A script is currently being put together by Michael Green (co-writer of Green Lantern ” Oh no anybody that was apart of the green lantern movie should stay far far away .

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