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Harrison Ford Talks Blade Runner Sequel
'We've been chatting about it...'

09 October 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: IGN

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Blade Runner

With all the recent Star Wars shenanigans, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner follow-up has rather been swept aside in the news-snippet stakes. Kudos to IGN then, for asking Harrison Ford about Rick Deckard rather than Han Solo, when they caught him on the Ender's Game publicity trail. Is he actually interested in reteaming with Ridley? "We've been chatting about it," he reveals.

Ford's involvement (or non-involvement) has been the subject of much speculation since the project was revealed back in August 2011. Andrew Kosove, of production company Alcon Entertainment, was initially quoted as saying there was practically no chance of Ford showing up ("I think it is quite unlikely").

A few months later, however, a mischievous Scott suggested that, while Deckard isn't intended as the centre of the film (it sounds more like a Prometheus-ish expansion of the mythology), "It would be amusing to have him it somewhere". A few months after that, Scott was musing about how Deckard's having aged might be explained away in the film. "He was a Nexus 6, so we don't know how long he can live," he chuckled. Since Ford was never an adherent of the Deckard's-a-replicant school of thought, you might think that would be a sticking point.

The assumption about Ford's reluctance to attend, however, has always been based on his much-reported ambivalence towards the original, and his fractious on-set relationship with his director. His appearance on the lengthy Final Cut DVD documentary suggested that those wounds have healed though, and he now tells IGN: "I remember it with complication, but I'm not there to generate nostalgic moments, I'm there to do a job of work. I quite understand that everybody has an ambition when they come and do a film, and everyone's ambition may not be focused on the same thing. I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage with him again in the further telling of this story."

As for the infamous voiceover, excised from all versions subsequent to the Theatrical Cut, Ford, of course, says, "That was a big part of the issue. I don't think it was necessary... and Ridley didn't think it was necessary. That was something that came up from the studio." So if the new film required narration? "I'm now capable of losing my voice: cutting out my tonsils and my vocal chords!"

Blade Runner 2 - or whatever it ends up being called - is a long way off yet. Last we heard, Michael Green (Green Lantern) was at work on the screenplay, following an initial draft by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher. Watch this space for developments.


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Make a Moses Film Instead
After Prometheus I hope that this bomb scare never gets made. As a director he has been mostly dodgy as of late and a Blade Runner sequel seems way above the weight that he punches at nowadays. Instead he should concentrate on 'Gladiator 2: Not Yet' More

Posted by SonOfSamcro at 14:28 on 14 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
Yeah, 'cos Prometheus was really good right? Everybody wanted to see that as well, and that was a pile of shite mate! Incidentally, my girlfriend thought it was shite too! As for liking the V.O. in the original Blade Runner, that's quite possibly the worst aspect of the original release! More

Posted by Wicket55 at 14:03 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
L: MonsterCat Let's look at it this way: maybe Tobywan was addressing men because only men would get so worked up over something as stupid as a Blade Runner sequel. ice save More

Posted by elab49 at 12:17 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
Let's look at it this way: maybe Tobywan was addressing men because only men would get so worked up over something as stupid as a Blade Runner sequel. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:56 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
You... don't have to be male to be referred to as a lad? Okay, you win. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 11:31 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
L: AxlReznor L: elab49 L: tobywan Seriously, most here need to get a girlfriend or something . You ALL want to see this, don't pretend otherwise, just like me, you stared in wrapped awe at the beauty, the sheer power of 'blade runner' and I'm the first in the queue to see what happened next or whatever! Ridley Scott is simply one of the best, period,. He loves and is still passionate about his work so, despite the flaws, ALL of his films have something that raises More

Posted by elab49 at 09:59 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
L: elab49 L: tobywan Seriously, most here need to get a girlfriend or something . You ALL want to see this, don't pretend otherwise, just like me, you stared in wrapped awe at the beauty, the sheer power of 'blade runner' and I'm the first in the queue to see what happened next or whatever! Ridley Scott is simply one of the best, period,. He loves and is still passionate about his work so, despite the flaws, ALL of his films have something that raises them up above the rest More

Posted by AxlReznor at 09:55 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the nonsense
L: tobywan Seriously, most here need to get a girlfriend or something . You ALL want to see this, don't pretend otherwise, just like me, you stared in wrapped awe at the beauty, the sheer power of 'blade runner' and I'm the first in the queue to see what happened next or whatever! Ridley Scott is simply one of the best, period,. He loves and is still passionate about his work so, despite the flaws, ALL of his films have something that raises them up above the rest. For the record, I More

Posted by elab49 at 09:46 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

That haircut...
...man, of all the many many brilliant things about BladeRunner I just gotta give Ford's haircut a mention: gumshoe plain, but for some reason even cooler for that. Like everything in the movie, it looks classic but at the same time totally out of time. Ridley and Ford retired over a decade ago, so fuck any sequel. There's nowhere anyone can or should go with it anyway. More

Posted by Jonny24 at 07:58 on 10 October 2013 | Report This Post

Stop the nonsense
Seriously, most here need to get a girlfriend or something . You ALL want to see this, don't pretend otherwise, just like me, you stared in wrapped awe at the beauty, the sheer power of 'blade runner' and I'm the first in the queue to see what happened next or whatever! Ridley Scott is simply one of the best, period,. He loves and is still passionate about his work so, despite the flaws, ALL of his films have something that raises them up above the rest. For the record, I LOVED, the voice ov More

Posted by tobywan at 23:30 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

In all seriousness....
...The way this will work, to have Harry back, is to have Deckard we saw in 'Blade Runner' coming to the end of his lifespan (yes, he WAS A REPLICANT AND NO, HIS LIFESPAN WAS NOT 4 YEARS!) and looking for his, er, real self, now aged. Come on guys, Gaff knew he was a replicant and so did Tyrell! Deckard retired hmself & Tyrell substituted Deckard-Replicant. More

Posted by Holbydude at 21:39 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Harrison Ford Talks Blade Runner Sequel
When the fanstream Reach kneehigh, you give inn. More

Posted by Overmind at 20:26 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

STAR WARS ??
I think if Disney or Lucasfilm does not announce the cast of Episode 7 soon I will pull my hair out ! So don't go and busy up your schedule Harrison or crazed fan-boys will be out to get you.... More

Posted by GUNS BLAZING at 19:53 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

ancient astronaut theorists surmise.....
I liked Prometheus it reminded me of those H2 shows "Ancient Aliens" ! More

Posted by GUNS BLAZING at 19:44 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

No.
After the train wreck of a film that was Prometheus, there is no faith I can muster in convincing myself that this won't be a travesty. The notion that someone involved in the creation of Green Lantern has not only held onto their career, but has somehow ended up being chosen to work on the screenplay for a sequel to one of the great Sci Fi films of our times, is both laughable and yet utterly depressing. My God. More

Posted by Oroborous at 18:25 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

"He was a Nexus 6, so we don't know how long he can live," Er, weren't the replicants Deckard's assigned to hunt Nexus 6, too, you know, the ones with a four-year lifespan (hence returning to Earth for 'repair')? More

Posted by Litshttam at 14:12 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

This is going to be fucking awful More

Posted by chris wootton at 10:47 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

I'll organise, as well as attend a Resident Evilathon and lick Paul W.T.F. Anderson's dirtiest shoes if that meant this project won't go ahead. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 10:45 on 09 October 2013 | Report This Post

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