Harrison Ford Reportedly in Talks to Join New BLADE RUNNER Film
Published: February 4, 2012 - 6:29pm
There is now a possibility for the veteran actor to reprise his role in the upcoming continuation of the 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and also starring Rutger Hauer, Darryl Hannah and Sean Young.
Released by Warner Bros almost 30 years ago, Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark induction into the sci-fi genre with Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards in Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction categories. The film, which starred Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019, was a financial and critical failure upon it's release but has since gained increasing cult popularity. In 1992, director Scott released a Director's Cut that removed narration provided by Ford, added a dream sequence and removed a happy ending imposed by the results of test screenings.
Ridley Scott, just off his Alien franchise addition Prometheus, has planned to continue the Blade Runner story, though not official details about it's premise have become available. It's now been revealed, via Twitch.com, that this new film may act as direct continuation of the last one with Ford reprising his role as Deckard:
"Twitch has learned that Harrison Ford has entered into early talks to join the new Blade Runner. While this is still very early stages and it is quite possible that things won't work out the obvious implication is that what we are looking at is not a reboot but a direct sequel to the original."
This information, while obviously heartening to Blade Runner fans, doesn't appear to mesh with earlier information provided by one of the film's producers -- Andrew Kosove -- who stated that, "this movie [won't] have anything to do with Harrison Ford. This is a total reinvention and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting." At this point, only time will tell whether a complete reboot or a continuation will come to pass; but it would surely behoove the studio to include Ford in their plans.