Alcon Entertainment Offers Harrison Ford Lead in 'Blade Runner 2'
by Ethan Anderton
May 15, 2014
When Harrison Ford took time out of his busy schedule to do an AMA on Reddit, before being officially announced as part of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, the iconic actor expressed his interest in the potential for Blade Runner 2. Just last month, Ford said, "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. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." Now we know Alcon Entertainment definitely wants to give him that chance since they've officially announced that an offer is out to Ford for the sequel. Read on!
It seems odd to make a press release about simply offering a role to an actor, but here we are:
"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.”
We already learned last year that Michael Green was working on the script with Hampton Fancher, so that's not anything new. However, the involvement of Ford is a bit surprising since Ridley Scott originally said the film would take place too far after the original for Ford's character to be involved. However, that doesn't seem to be an issue anymore. The idea of Ford returning for a Blade Runner sequel is likely more enticing than Star Wars to some people out there (Ford being one of them). For now, we're cautiously excited since the last time Ridley Scott returned to one of his lucrative film universes, we got Promteheus. Thoughts?