Ridley Scott Wants Harrison Ford for Blade Runner Sequel
05.30.12 by BJSprecher
Good news, Harrison Ford fans! Though the odds of the sci-fi and action-adventure movie icon appearing in the Star Wars TV series that is in development are virtually zero, and the stories of his involvement in Indiana Jones 5 are "all just rumors" at this point, Ford could be reprising one of the genre roles that helped make him famous: police officer Rick Deckard in director Ridley Scott's sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.
Despite the fact that co-producer Andrew Kosove last year called the new Blade Runner movie a "total reinvention" and said as recently as February that it is "patently false" that Ford was being considered for a role, Scott has said that he would be pleased to reunite with Ford on the sequel. And, though the new movie will feature a "female protagonist," Scott said in a recent interview with The Independent that he might have room for Ford in the sequel.
I don't think it'll be Harry [starring]. But I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing.
Little is known about the new Blade Runner movie at this point (including what it will be called). The original Blade Runner was adapted from the late Philip K. Dick's 1968 sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and is set in a near future in which nearly all animal life is extinct and genetically engineered robots or "Replicants" do the work that is too dangerours for humans. Banned from Earth, Replicants that stray planet-side are "retired" with extreme prejudice by "Blade Runners" like Rick Deckard (Ford) in the original movie.
The new movie is being written by original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher — Scott said Fancher "still speaks the speak" — and will be set "some years after the first film concluded." Co-producer Bud Yorkin confirmed that Replicants will be "involved" in the new movie, though he cautioned that they "can be any number of ways" ("combat" and "pleasure" models appear in the original movie). Yorkin also stressed that the movie will explore "the concept of what it means to be a human being. What does it mean to be human, to have empathy, to have feelings?"