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Harrison Ford Formally Offered Blade Runner 2
Will Deckard really return?

16 May 2014  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Alcon Entertainment

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Both Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford have repeatedly provided grist for the rumour mills in recent years by discussing the slowly developing Blade Runner sequel. While there's been much speculation, however, there have been few reports from the actual studio development side; it's seemed like an idea just out there in the ether rather than an actual, solid, future film.

That's just changed, with the news that the Warners Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment have now officially made an offer to Ford to appear in the belated follow-up. "We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project," said Alcon's co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson in a joint statement.

Interestingly, back when the project was first announced in August 2011, Kosove 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.

But Ford has surprised many by his openness to revisiting Blade Runner. In a Reddit interview last month, for example, he said, "I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner. 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. I would be very happy to engage with him again in the further telling of this story."

With the news of Alcon's formal approach to Ford, that eventuality now seems much closer. Note, though, the careful wording of the Alcon statement that sees Ford as "part of our project". There is nothing there that suggests he'd be the principal star, or even that he'd definitely be playing Deckard...

Nothing is known about the story yet, other than that it takes place decades after the original Blade Runner. Michael Green and original writer Hampton Fancher (re-christened "Happen Faster" by Scott, back in the day) have written the screenplay. Kosove and Johnson say they've "crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time".

The c-beams are glittering in the dark again. Watch this space for further updates.


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RE: Deckard is human
Well, appearing in the sequel as a seventy year old grumpy git will certainly settle the question once and for all! Another reason why Ridley Scott should leave well enough alone. As for Harrison Ford, you'd think seeing the mess that was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as the ghastly Star Wars prequels and Scott's own laughably bad Prometheus would have taught him the perils of messing with your own legacy! More

Posted by Belisarius0365 at 19:23 on 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human
I don't think I will be seeing this new film, can't say for sure as certain factors such as strong reviews, good cast, interesting storyline etc.. could change my mind, but to me its a bad idea and doesn't appeal too much. More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 00:00 on 20 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human
No Ford actually said he argued with Scott over the fact as he (Ford) believed Deckard was human, and should be played as human. More

Posted by GrizBe at 23:21 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human
I'm sure I read that Harrison Ford didn't care whether Deckard was human or replicant, just so long as it wasn't spelled out for the audience. More

Posted by Belisarius0365 at 20:46 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
Double post... More

Posted by GrizBe at 19:06 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
Exactly.. it wasn't 'eyeshine'. It was light reflection. Sorry if I wasn't clear, but I meant they don't 'glow' in the very obvious way such as Rachels, and/or the owl, despite many times being in the same lighting situations. If you go from the angle of that pic, and that's the angle they filmed it from and used the mirrors etc... Given the movements of the actors and so on... Ford would have been in Young's lightsource unintentionally. Given he is directly behind her at the time, it'd b More

Posted by GrizBe at 19:04 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
watched it again after this discussion... Deckards eyes DO NOT glow. The brief, not even a seconds worth, bit of eyeshine that people claim Deckard shows is just lighting reflection. Not the cats-eye thing we see with known replicants such as Rachel when she's taking the test. uess you missed it then because it's always been there in the Directors Cut and Final Cut here: http://i.imgur.com/w5uO0aX.jpg said, eyeshine is a stupid way to prove/show if someone is a replicant, as if it was t More

Posted by rich at 18:25 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: rich The glowing eyes is the biggest thing, and that's not even subtext. They are showing us as the audience something, rather than having it be a way of making the tests become redundant. aving watched it again after this discussion... Deckards eyes DO NOT glow. The brief, not even a seconds worth, bit of eyeshine that people claim Deckard shows is just lighting reflection. Not the cats-eye thing we see with known replicants such as Rachel when she's taking the test. Plus as sa More

Posted by GrizBe at 11:04 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: Osric What about the unicorn dream? he glowing eyes is the biggest thing, and that's not even subtext. They are showing us as the audience something, rather than having it be a way of making the tests become redundant. More

Posted by rich at 00:07 on 19 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human
I think people tend to have a skewed vision of Scott. That he was once a great director who, over time, has become the De Niro of filmmaking. But in a long career I'd say he's only produced three genuinely great movies out of dozens and it's the reputation of those that have elevated the response to the less than great movies. This is clearly just my personal opinion and Blade Runner and Alien would probably be in my top five. I'm not saying I don't think he's made some enjoyable movies and More

Posted by Prophet_of_Doom at 19:30 on 18 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human
Have to agree about Scott... While he once was great, most of his recent movies are just plain terrible. Since his last big Oscar winner, Black Hawk Down.. we've gottne Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, A Good Year, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Robin Hood, Prometheus and The Counsellor from him. None of which were particulary well received, or what you'd consider a classic of any kind. Heck, even BHD only has a 76% rating on Rotton Tomatoes. As good as he once was, is as bad More

Posted by GrizBe at 10:35 on 18 May 2014 | Report This Post

Deckard is human
Ridley Scott only wants For d back in the film so he can get him to say "I'm a replicant." Why would a director want to pee all over a classic film that he created himself. I think senility is setting in for old Ridley just look at the mess he made of Prometheus and I watched that a couple of times in the hope I could see something redeeming. Just that stupid chestburst at the end stank of AvP so what he'd do to my favourite film I really do shudder to think about. More

Posted by jem0013 at 09:20 on 18 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: Osric What about the unicorn dream? gain, that was added specifically for the Directors cut and wasn't in the original cut. Thing most people forget about though, and its supposed tie in to it being an implant, is that Gaff taunts Decker with several origami figures throughout the movie. A Chicken, taunting him when he didn't want to go back to being a Blade Runner as he'd retired, and then a matchstickman with an errection, taunting that he knew Deckard was attracted to Rac More

Posted by GrizBe at 23:28 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
What about the unicorn dream? More

Posted by Osric at 23:09 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
I'll point out that Rowling only came out with that 'Dumbledore is gay' bit long after the last film had come out, making it rather a moot point. Back to the point though, the film does set up the fact that Deckard is a human, and those set up human points completely exclude him being a replicant. If Deckard is a replicant, he's supposedly a Nexus 6 like the others. The N6 is the highest current spec replicant. Rachel, another Nexus 6, is only so sophisticated as she's an experimental More

Posted by GrizBe at 18:45 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: GrizBe Soo... we've got the original writer of the novel, P.K.D, which is based on saying he's human... The screenwriter who adapted the novel Francher saying he's human. The producer who elected to pick up the script and hire a guy to make the film, Deeley, saying he's human. The actor who played Deckard in the film, Harrison, saying he's human..... yet because 1 guy who's filmed a rather ambigious film thinks Deckard could be a replicant, Scott, your going to support the guy who's More

Posted by Prophet_of_Doom at 18:29 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

After the complete travesty that was Prometheus, a film that seemed as though it's narrative was devised by chimps, it's clear Ridley Scott has no idea how to handle science fiction any more, so why stain the legacy of one of the best in the genre with another incompetent, insultingly shallow mess? More

Posted by Oroborous at 18:05 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
Soo... we've got the original writer of the novel, P.K.D, which is based on saying he's human... The screenwriter who adapted the novel Francher saying he's human. The producer who elected to pick up the script and hire a guy to make the film, Deeley, saying he's human. The actor who played Deckard in the film, Harrison, saying he's human..... yet because 1 guy who's filmed a rather ambigious film thinks Deckard could be a replicant, Scott, your going to support the guy who's outnumbered 4 to 1 More

Posted by GrizBe at 17:58 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Harrison Ford Formally Offered Blade Runner 2
I hope he formally turns the offer down... More

Posted by rich at 17:53 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: GrizBe s pointed out though, the screenwriter, Hampton Francher, who wrote the script even before the films producer Micheal Deeley convinced Scott picked up the film wrote him as a human... So if the scriptwriter and the producer who told Scott to make the movie both agreed on Deckard being human, I think that trumps Scott. o what? Who cares what the original intention of the writer was? That means absolutely nothing and if it did then film would not be a director's medium. Fancher More

Posted by Nicky C at 17:37 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: waltham1979 Blade Runner: Westside Edition? Features a grumpy old Indiana Jones lookey likey running round shooting up chavs...the equivalent of Roy Batty in the sequel being played by AliG... etter then the Westwood edition which features over the hill hip-hop dj's battling fashion conscious cyber-punks. More

Posted by GrizBe at 17:09 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: GrizBe L: OPEN YOUR EYES I'll like to see a futuristic western or desert backdrop.Abit of mash-up of Dune,Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre and Jean 'Mœbius' Girauds work on Arzach. Blade Runner: Westworld Edition'? lade Runner: Westside Edition? Features a grumpy old Indiana Jones lookey likey running round shooting up chavs...the equivalent of Roy Batty in the sequel being played by AliG... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 16:37 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: GrizBe L: OPEN YOUR EYES I'll like to see a futuristic western or desert backdrop.Abit of mash-up of Dune,Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre and Jean 'Mœbius' Girauds work on Arzach. Blade Runner: Westworld Edition'? htly but with its foot planted more in the surrealism and mythical fantasy.Obviously this is a route which will divert quite a distance from Ridleys original film.st want originality,dammit! More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 13:30 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: OPEN YOUR EYES I'll like to see a futuristic western or desert backdrop.Abit of mash-up of Dune,Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre and Jean 'Mœbius' Girauds work on Arzach. Blade Runner: Westworld Edition'? More

Posted by GrizBe at 13:25 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
I'm really intrigued where this film is going to go down with regards to the visuals and world setting. I would prefer if Scott set this film out of his futuristic,noir,dystopian city backdrop.Mainly because we've seen it done umpteen times now and it really is becoming the norm in futuristic city settings. I'll like to see a futuristic western or desert backdrop.Abit of mash-up of Dune,Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre and Jean 'Mœbius' Girauds work on Arzach. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 13:17 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: Nicky C But Ridley Scott decided he was a replicant, so in Scott's movie he is. We're not talking about Dick's story, we're talking about Bladerunner. Let's not confuse the two. s pointed out though, the screenwriter, Hampton Francher, who wrote the script even before the films producer Micheal Deeley convinced Scott picked up the film wrote him as a human... So if the scriptwriter and the producer who told Scott to make the movie both agreed on Deckard being human, I think that More

Posted by GrizBe at 13:09 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
L: GrizBe Philip K. Dick who wrote the orgional 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' stated himself that Deckard is a human and that he wrote him as a human. ut Ridley Scott decided he was a replicant, so in Scott's movie he is. We're not talking about Dick's story, we're talking about Bladerunner. Let's not confuse the two. More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:06 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

Nooooo.
Please don't do it. Bladerunner is a classic movie. If there is going to be a sequel it had better be good or I shall send in the replicants. More

Posted by Thomas Odgers at 11:45 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deckard is human.
Yeah, but the film is the film and the book is the book. There's whatever Scott wanted Deckard to be (a Replicant) but unless it's explicitly stated (and it isn't tugh it's very clearly suggested), we as audience are free to disregard it. My feeling is, the Director's Cut/Final Cut clearly lead you to the conclusion that Deckard is a Replicant, but the story is better (IMO) if he's human. Regarding the sequel, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I love Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott More

Posted by britesparc at 10:57 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

Get Rutger Hauer on board !
The return of Roy Batty is what I would want to see. In the second book Roy is a human who the replicant is based on, could work ! More

Posted by johnnyvictor at 10:56 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

Deckard is human.
I really don't know why theres a debate over Deckard being human or a replicant. Philip K. Dick who wrote the orgional 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' stated himself that Deckard is a human and that he wrote him as a human. "The purpose of this story as I saw it was that in his job of hunting and killing these replicants, Deckard becomes progressively dehumanized. At the same time, the replicants are being perceived as becoming more human. Finally, Deckard must question what h More

Posted by GrizBe at 09:53 on 16 May 2014 | Report This Post

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