Blade Runner 2049 star Harrison Ford says at San Diego Comic-Con that he's on board with rebooting every franchise he's started. After years of appearing in small supporting roles in such notable films as American Graffiti and The Conversation, Ford's breakthrough role, of course, came in 1977 as Han Solo in the original Star Wars . The role instantly cemented Ford's status as a Hollywood icon and elevated the actor to leading man roles, including turns in such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 and Blade Runner in 1982.
Ford, naturally, reprised Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and 32 years later, The Force Awakens; and his Raiders character Indiana Jones returned for three more big screen adventures. One film, however, that never got a sequel was director Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, which appeared to be a lost cause until Scott and new helmer Denis Villeneuve managed to assemble a film set 30 years after the original that is serving as reboot of the sci-fi classic.
Having turned 75 on July 13, Ford has had a long enough career to see more than one of his film series revived, allowing the film legend to revisit old roles from his storied cinematic past. The first came with Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull in 2008, followed by The Force Awakens in 2015. Blade Runner: 2049 will become next major character Ford is reprising when the film is released in theaters Oct. 7.
Curious about Ford's apparent penchant for reboots, a fan attending the Blade Runner: 2049 panel at SDCC Saturday asked the actor if his "life goal" was to reboot every major franchise he's starred in, like Blade Runner. Ford, in his trademark gruff demeanor responded, "You bet your ass it is," drawing huge laughter from the crowd. See a video of the fan's question and Ford's answer below:
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While Ford was clearly having fun at playing around with the fan's question, there is some actual truth behind it. Breaking it down, a film like Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull came years after the original films and was meant to continue the story it started while reinvigorating interest in the franchise; although reboots generally start stories over from scratch with new casts and filmmakers.
The Force Awakens and Blade Runner: 2049, on the other hand, seem to be a little bit of both, given that the framework of the original films remain intact with Ford's involvement, yet the films are done with the intention of handing the reins of the story over to a new cast. Whether that will be the case with Indiana Jones 5 (pegged for a 2020 release) remains to be seen since Shia LaBeouf appears to be all but out of luck in inheriting the mantle.
In the meantime, it's great that Ford has enough interest in his past characters to reprise them for fans to enjoy. After all, he's a big part of the reason the films are classics in the first place.
Source: Kyle Buchanan
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017