In a highly unusual move, Alcon Entertainment, the company that will be producing the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, announced this morning in a press release that they want Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard.
If Ford were to agree, he would be joining forces with original director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who helped adapt Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” for the original film, and is writing the sequel with Michael Green.
Here’s the statement released by Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-founders and CEOs of Alcon:
We believe that [screenwriters] 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.
Kind of a ballsy, high-pressure move, huh? Ford recently reprised his role as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and is set to play Han Solo in the next Star Wars movie, so it’s not like he’s opposed to going back to the iconic roles that made him a huge star, like many actors sometimes are. In fact, Ford has even gone on record saying that he’d be interested in returning to play Deckard again if the script is up to snuff. The fact that Ridley Scott is on board definitely gives the project a ton of credibility.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this ends up being a publicity stunt gone awry or a successful gamble that gets Ford on board. I’m definitely hoping for the latter outcome. So far, Ford’s camp hasn’t responded to the offer.
Do you want to see Ford return as Rick Deckard? Or would a sequel to Blade Runner ruin the mystery of the first film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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