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