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Alcon Entertainment Offers Harrison Ford Lead in 'Blade Runner 2'

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May 15, 2014

Blade Runner

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?

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  • Ed Blount
    Yet another attempt to rekindle the magic of a classic, good luck!
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Yeah but this classic is bringing back Harrison F***ing Ford! I'm all about the reboot if they're gonna use some or the main original characters.
      • Ed Blount
        I hear ya! I think like a lot of people who are Bladerunner fans, me included, really would love to see an extension of the story. I guess my pessimism is wrapped up in not wanting them to screw up a classic with the risk of the new film being a stinker! but yeah, bring it on and again good luck!
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
    I must be dead. Deckard AND Solo are returning to the screen? Yeah, I'm definitely in Heaven.
  • Bo
    You stated they offered him the lead. Are you sure of that? The lead role? I've heard it's a role, but not the lead. Just curious as in the press release there is no mention of it being the lead role so where and why did you state it as the lead role being offered to Ford?
  • DAVIDPD
    Oh Boy! If this happens legions of fanboys will cleaning their monitors.
  • OfficialJab
    Nobody tell James Franco they're doing this. Do you think announcing that they've offered it sort of to guilt him into accepting it as people are more excited now?
    • avconsumer2
      "Nobody tell James Franco they're doing this." - l m a o
  • cobrazombie
    I'd rather see a sequel in the same world with a different lead and characters. Harrison doesn't have the same charisma anymore.
    • avconsumer2
      Eh - I wouldn't exactly characterize Deckard as a "charismatic role". I hear ya though. As with Solo though, I'm anxious (and pretty confident) to see if he musters up some chops for the characters that made him & that he made. These are no two-bit roles. He knows this. These are legends.
    • robweeve
      he has become kind of "heavy" and gloomy
  • Nicolas Bessette
    That would mean that Deckard was human after all (because Harrison Ford has aged)...

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