Movie News: Could Ford Appear In BLADE RUNNER 2 After All? [Updated] Producer Responds

Written by Kris Heys Monday, 06 February 2012

Movie News

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Back in August we reported that Ridley Scott had signed on to produce Alcon Entertainment's proposed BLADE RUNNER follow-up, a project that up until that moment was pretty much greeted with apathy among sci-fi fans viewing it as little more that a shameless cash-in. Scott's surprising involvement instantly changed that, adding much-needed validity to the film. Come November the acclaimed director had officially signed on to helm, and, as the awesome PROMETHEUS promo material finally started hitting, the project was officially promoted to one of the most eagerly awaited on our radar, with a tentative 2014 release date pencilled in.

'But would Ford be involved?', was the question on everybody's minds. Sadly (or not, depending on view) no, confirmed Scott to several sources. The film, which he confirmed was quite far along in terms of planning, would be a new story that wasn't going to feature Deckard in any capacity. Given the rather shaky relationship between the actor and director over the 1982 original (all that voiceover business; is Deckard a Replicant or not, etc) it should have come as little surprise.

But what's this? Why is the internet now proclaiming Ford's return to the project? It seems the rumour started over at Twitch, who claim they've got it on good authority that Ford has entered early talks to reprise his role. 

So what's going on? Has Ridley done an about turn on his "wholly original" take on the story? Was he just trying to throw us off the scent?

Or is this all a load of hit-generating scuttlebug that we should take with a big bucket of salt?

Personally, I'd go with the latter. 

But it'll certainly be interesting to be proved wrong.

We'll have more on this as it develops...


Well, that didn't take long. Only a day after this story broke, producer Andrew Kosove of Alcon have responded to the above crazy in a chat with Deadline. He's what he had to say...

“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner. To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”

And he goes on... 

“What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we’re trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie.”

We said the same thing a few months ago. We can see future movie sequels and prequels utilising the same approach. Set something in the same 'universe' and spin off other stories. 

So in summary, definitely no Deckard appearance then...

“In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely.”

Oh. So that clears that up then! 

In summary - no, Ford hasn't been approach. But they haven't ruled it out. Back to square one then.

What do you guys think? Will Ford return? 'Should' Ford return? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @Starburst_Mag

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0 #1 Andy Hall 2012-02-07 18:48
Wasn't 'Soldier' the follow-up to Bladerunner? In that it was set in the same universe?

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