Harrison Ford Offered Role in ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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Alcon Entertainment has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in its sequel to “Blade Runner,” to be directed by the original’s helmer, Ridley Scott.

Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the screenplay of the iconic 1982 sci-fi film, and Michael Green are the screenwriters. The story in the sequel is being kept under wraps other than being set several decades after the conclusion of the original — which took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.

Alcon has been working on the project for over three years, since announcing in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels.

In August 2011, Scott committed to direct. Green came on board to work with Fancher a year ago.

“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,” said Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.”

It’s unusual for producers to make a public offer to a high-profile actor. There was no immediate response from representatives for Ford, who is set to reprise his Han Solo role in Disney’s “Star Wars Episode VII.”

In the original “Blade Runner,” Rutger Hauer played the leader of a group of escaped “replicants” — genetically engineered androids used for work on Earth’s off-world colonies — who are hiding out in a 2019 version of Los Angeles. Ford’s Rick Deckard character is a “blade runner,” a police officer who kills replicants when necessary.

The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993.

The 2011 deal with producer Bud Yorkin gave Alcon the film, TV and ancillary franchise rights for “Blade Runner” prequels and sequels. Yorkin will be a producer on the sequel with Kosove and Johnson and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, the CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will exec produce.

Fancher and David Peoples adapted “Blade Runner” from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Scott directed in his third film following “The Duelists” and “Alien.” The film was nominated for  Academy Awards for visual effects and art direction.

Alcon fully finances its films and has an output deal with Warner Bros., which distributed the original “Blade Runner.”

“Blade Runner” was the first of Dick’s works to be adapted into a film by Hollywood, setting the stage for “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck” and “The Adjustment Bureau.”

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  1. James says:

    Its going to be another gigantic mess of CGI, loads of non stop action, a shit storyline and bad acting, please don’t do it Harrison Ford.

  2. thedick009 says:

    Um, but like, didn’t he turn out to be a replicant at the end? Meaning he would have a lifespan of only a few years? Which was like the whole reason that Edward James Olmos let him go at the end, so that he could spend the rest of his short life with Rachel? So how the f**k is he still gonna be alive like 30 years later??!!!

    • Hello, clearly you weren’t paying attention. Not all replicants had limited lifespans. Deckard, using pieces of whatever he could find to give him more life. Could be awesome.

      • thedick009 says:

        Except that fucking Batty spent the whole movie trying to extend his lifespan, and he was like super smart. Deckard (no offense) was just a dumb cop. If Batty couldn’t figure out a way to live more than four years, than how the hell is Deckard supposed to?

  3. mark says:

    Daniel Craig would be good. He’s got a similar vibe.

  4. RobertG says:

    Try some real Journalism and give us more on Harrison as the headline suggests….I gave Harlan Ellison 3 elements that appeared in the first Bladerunner. My gal at the time Dina might recall this too. Harlan took me to La Fondue Restaurant in Sherman Oaks area. I got to watch it in the Director’s Guild. Want more imput? Put me in the writers guild and give me a role in the film. Rob G. SF/Comic enthusiast (use to manage a comic store in Studio City for about 10 years (off and on) from 1976 to 1985. Harlan may or may not remember.

  5. john says:

    Well what is the plan? Dig up Phillip L Dick to write the sequel? I recommend his anthology. What is left? Do Andoirds dream of Electric Sheep — Done. Man in the high Castle — done. A Scanner Darkly — done.

    I suggest “Surface Tension” as a theme. Or otherwise the “9 Billion Names of God” from the very the very first “Science Fiction Hall of Fame”.

    • Dave says:

      When was “Man in the High Castle” done? Please enlighten me…. I’d love to see it. Probably PKD’s best work, IMO.

  6. Timothy says:

    Dooo iiittt!

  7. GG says:

    I would love to see another bladerunner with the original cast. I loved Rutger Hauer in that movie more than any of the other actors.

    • Paramount Employee says:

      I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the coast of Orion.

  8. M.F.Sibley says:

    There are some films which one wouldn’t dare think of re-making. Let’s see, “Gone With the Wind”, “Casablanca”, “The Maltese Falcon”. . . .”Blade Runner”. What possible method to Hollywood’s madness can there be to even fathom that they could somehow achieve an even better film than the original?

    Oh, I think I know the reason! M-O-N-E-Y and the projection of a huge fan base that will leap at the mere mention of a future film in the works and Harrison Ford attached to it. Hollywood needs to seriously think about tapping screenwriters to come up with ORIGINAL science fiction screenplays instead of attaching themselves to previously works and adding a few “frills”.

    I have to agree with Ivan concerning Ford. I’ve always followed his career avidly and enjoyed his early work, but lately his film choices have left me wondering just what his motivation has been other than a paycheck. I hope he thinks this one through before signing on the dotted line.

    • Read the article again. It’s a sequel,not a remake.

      • Robbie says:

        It’s still returning to former glories that should really be left alone, I rewatched Alien the other night and all the awe and mystery of the Space Jockey had just been obliterated by Prometheus, a lesson Mr Scott really ought the take on board.

  9. Ivan says:

    Another mindless movie in the making. Harrison Ford’s career must really be down the toilet. He never would have done this 15 years ago. Now he’s destroying Star Wars & Bladerunner. Has he no idea that all he’s going to do is destroy the memory of his greatest achievements. The fans won’t like him for it.

  10. Fred 35 says:

    What is the point. It will totally destroy the beautiful ending of the original. The point was to leave it with a question. Is he human, will she die. If you make a sequel with Harrison Ford you simply destroy that. I give up with Hollywood. They did it with Prometheus & Star Wars. Now Blade Runner & for what… Cash. Can’t you think of anything new to make. I guess not. Let’s all just cash in & stuff the fans.

  11. Forgive me for being a gloomy gus, but why do I see a “Star Wars Episode One” fiasco coming out of this sequel? With updated special effects and absolutely NONE of the pathos or despair of the original film?

  12. The Fool says:

    The best SF movie ever made, by far. Not simply because of the SFX though they were impressive especially for the technology of the time. But because it conveyed a TRUE sense of what written SF has always conveyed: a sense of (literal) alienation, the challenges of a future where the fundamental rules have changed (“what defines human life?”), and the “noir-ness” of Philip K. Dick’s oeuvre. We can only hope a sequel would add to that, rather than detract from it.

  13. It might work, if Scott comes onboard (though his visual style is far less flamboyant these days, for better or worse; with a BR sequel I WANT to see shafts of light everywhere). But I’d rather see a really good follow-up to Prometheus first. But hurry. Neither Ford nor Scott are getting any younger.

  14. How does a replicant age? Deckard is one and so is his “lover” (if that’s the right word). Can they reproduce? If so, will any offspring be the next gen or a dangerously flawed throwback? With Fancher, Green and Scott on board there’s hope — but without P.K. Dick, I’m kinda leery of this enterprise.

    • Paramount Employee says:

      Ooh! You’re right. Let’s hope they don’t pull a TRON and try to make them young via CGI.

  15. JoeR says:

    Variety has previously reported Ford’s interest, so this is as close to a done deal as it gets in the business.

  16. Paramount Employee says:

    Message to Alcon: Don’t f@%$ this up. Don’t pull a JJ and screw up one of the most beloved sci-fi films of all times. You have Ridley on board. That means something, but if you do something stupid like pair Harrison with Channing Tatum, the masses will riot, and you will see the End of Days. You have been warned.

    • Jedi77 says:

      Actually Tatum is growing on me. But I get your point. This isn’t a film for girls, don’t try to make it one.

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