Official: Harrison Ford returning in ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

"Blade Runner" Japanese Promotional Poster

"Blade Runner" Japanese Promotional Poster

THE MOVIE: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic.

The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.

Updates: The Playlist reports that Ridley Scott says Harrison Ford will likely appear in the Blade Runner sequel, but won’t be the focus. Ridley Scott describes a scene from the Blade Runner sequel at Collider.

Rope of Silicon reports that the upcoming Blu-ray for Prometheus clearly shows (screen shot at link, originally from Reddit) that there is a connection between the Blade Runner and Prometheus (which technically means the Alien franchise is also connected). The connection is a dictated message by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) that implies an obvious reference to Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel) from Blade Runner and his creation of Replicants. Of course, this may have an effect on the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner. | THR reports that Michael Green, writer of 2011′s Green Lantern, is in negotiations to work on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel.

In a recent interview, Empire asked Ridley Scott about Blade Runner 2, and this is what he had to say: “Yeah, we’re working on [Blade Runner 2] right now – that will happen sooner or later.”

During an AMA (Me Anything) on Reddit (via Collider), when Harrison Ford was asked about the possibility of appearing in a Blade Runner sequel, this is what he had to say: 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. | Harrison Ford has been officially approached to reprise his role for Blade Runner 2. It’s getting closer…

According to Variety (via MTV), Ridley Scott says the screenplay is not only “written and ready to go,” but that Harrison Ford loves it: “I sent him this (script) and he said, ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read,’ so it’s very relevant to what happened (in) the first one,” Scott told MTV News. “I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects because you can’t really. ‘Blade Runner’ kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”

BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider, Harrison Ford is officially returning as Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is in talks to direct.

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13 Responses to Official: Harrison Ford returning in ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

  1. Equinox21 says:

    I…….. need to change my pants.

  2. Ningen31 says:

    Didn’t he ruin enough unnecessary sequels?

  3. ActionJackson says:

    I couldn’t get through the first one without falling asleep. I with this one I can at least get through the movie without falling asleep from bordom.

    • I hear ya. I have yet to watch it in its entirety. I seem to daze out every time i try.

      I do want to revisit it pretty soon here. Just been on a big Ridley Scott kick (recently watched Alien, Black Rain and looking very forward to Prometheus)….

      Any ideas on which one I should watch? Final Cut?

      • Equinox21 says:

        You both make baby jesus cry. Final Cut is good, otherwise, the Director’s Cut is just fine. Here’s a fun way to keep yourself alert during it…. Keep on the lookout to references to “Eyes”. There is TONS of it in the movie. Many lines make reference to it, many images, etc. Watch it and look out for eyes.

        • I’ll keep that in mind. lol But which one is better? Is the main difference the narration? There are so many versions of this movie, I have no idea of where to start.

          • Equinox21 says:

            The narration was only in the Theatrical Version. Skip that. Go for either the Director’s Cut or the Final Cut. Very similar… a few words/mistakes were clarified and fixed in the final cut. But, either way, mostly the same. The Final Cut also fixed some continuity issues and cgi fixed a couple bugs (a wire could be seen making the spinner fly, a bruise on Deckard’s face in a scene before it should have been there, etc.)…. Go for Final Cut… but Director’s Cut is just as good.

        • “Go for Final Cut… but Director’s Cut is just as good.”

          Cool. I’ll pick this up for sure. It’s amazing how my tastes in movies can change in just a few years. So I’ll give it another go.

  4. ActionJackson says:

    I’m still trying to figure out what Prometheus is…A sequel, remake, cash in, prequel, reboot???

    • Nobody knows the technical answer. Ridley Scott is just being secretive about it. From the trailers, it doesn’t take a genius (if you’ve seen ALIEN) to realize that there is definitely a solid connection. I mean, all technicalities aside, Prometheus is a f*cking prequel of Alien. Plain and simple.

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