Alcon Entertainment have issued a press release confirming that they have asked Harrison Ford to return as Deckard in Blade Runner 2, which will be directed by Ridley Scott.
This is a strange occurrence indeed as press releases are normally used for confirming details, but the full release can be read below. It does confirm Scott to be directing, but offers no plot details whatsoever, apart from the fact the sequel will take place “several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original”.
Personally I would love to see Ford reprise his role, if only for a cameo or short appearance in the film, or even better a starring role, but we will have to wait and see how Ford responds to this announcement, and considering it has been issued as a press release, Ford will be under pressure to respond quickly.
Naturally we will bring you the latest updates as and when they happen, but for now here is the press release:
OFFER OUT TO HARRISON FORD TO RETURN IN ALCON ENTERTAINMENT’S “BLADE RUNNER” SEQUEL DIRECTED BY RIDLEY SCOTT
LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 14, 2014—Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (‘Prisoners,’ ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘The Book of Eli’) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) and Michael Green are the screenwriters.
While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
State Johnson and Kosove: “We believe that 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.”
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.
Released by Warner Bros., “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).
“Blade Runner” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.