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Producers Officially Reach Out To Harrison Ford To Return For 'Blade Runner 2'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 15, 2014 12:35 PM
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While Harrison Ford has always been honest about his lack of interest in Han Solo as a character (though he'll gladly take a paycheck), he's been equally clear about this enthusiasm (as much as Ford can muster) for Deckard from "Blade Runner," and the possibility of playing him again in a sequel. "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for 'Blade Runner' if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker," he said this spring. "And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." Well, consider the olive branch extended.

In a pretty weird announcement to send via press release, Alcon Entertainment has revealed that they would very, very much like Harrison Ford to join "Blade Runner 2." Of course, they probably could've just called him up, but hey, now they get some press too. Here's what they said in a statement: 

Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (‘Prisoners,’ ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘The Book of Eli’) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) and Michael Green are the screenwriters. While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

State Johnson and Kosove: “We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.”

This is the industry equivalent of a mash note. Will Ford send back a statement through the press to follow up? Time will tell, but actually, everyone has a lot of time before this happens. Scott is wrapping up his Bible movie "Exodus: Gods And Kings," already has "Prometheus 2" coming in 2016 and just signed up to direct Matt Damon in "The Martian." So when will this "Blade Runner" thing actually happen? No idea.

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  • Will | May 20, 2014 5:21 PMReply

    There are so many elements to what made the first film the a work of art.

    Yet... NO mention of Vangelis being asked to do the soundtrack.

    If this project does take off please, please, please... have Vangelis work on it. In addition... please, please, please... DO NOT USE ANY CRAPPY CGI!!!

    I can already see and hear it. Bombastic crappo score with the the brass and percussions sections pounding away with non-stop action and really crappy computer animations. Oh.. and I'm sure they'll be plenty of lasers shooting out of the flying cars too.

  • josh | May 16, 2014 10:34 AMReply

    God please stay away from it. Its been over a decade since either Ford or Scott turned in any good work. Just be satisfied you both once made a masterpiece together and lets leave it at that.

  • JZ | May 15, 2014 2:57 PMReply

    Ridley Scott said that Deckard was a replicant (the writers and Ford disagreed), has he changed his mind about that? Or is there going to be some kind of lame explanation why Deckard-replicant has aged?

  • MAL | May 15, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    From the moment I saw it as a 15-year-old kid upon its initial release, I have loved Blade Runner. It took me to another world and mesmerized me. I even liked the bored voice-over, which at the time I thought was an effective homage to the bored voice-overs from old Humphrey Bogart movies. I have since watched every iteration of this film with fascination and have enjoyed them equally. And yes, against my better judgement, my curiosity will get the better of me and I will see a sequel with as much of an open mind as possible. That said, I dread it as well. Some movies are meant to stand alone and frankly I think Blade Runner is one of them.

  • ReggieM | May 15, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    I have deep misgivings about revisiting a classic like this. We don't need Casablanca 2, either.

  • Francis Ford Crappola | May 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    Did we need Godfather 2 or Aliens or Terminator 2? #Relax #GlassIsHalfFull #YouNeverKnowWhatMightHappen

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