Harrison Ford says the finished ‘Blade Runner 2’ script is the best thing he’s ever read





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Recently we found out that Ridley Scott may not direct the sequel to his own masterpiece, Blade Runner. We also found out that production was looking to begin sometime next year, with Scott producing.

We have now discovered that the script for Blade Runner 2 is finished, and it is sounding more and more likely that Harrison Ford will reprise his role of Deckard.

Scott told MTV this week that the script is written and ready to go, and that Ford has read it and loves it:

I sent him this (script) and he said, ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read,’ so it’s very relevant to what happened (in) the first one,” Scott told MTV News. “I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects because you can’t really. ‘Blade Runner’ kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”

So Ford has read the script and loves it, so this is surely a positive piece of news on the risky sequel (do fans really want a sequel?). I am in two minds as to whether we need another Blade Runner film. The original is one of my favourite films of all time, but I am yet to be convinced that a sequel is worth doing, but who knows, Scott just might pull off another masterstroke?

The way Scott has worded it here also sounds like he may have changed his mind about directing the sequel, as the last we heard a new director would be taking over. It sort of sounds like Scott is wanting to direct again here.

Recently Scott also spoke with Variety about the sequel, and more specifically about Ford’s return:

“[Screenwriter Hampton Fancher and I] talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one.”

Scott explained that Ford’s involvement will be minimal, but very significant to the story:

“Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.

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Here is the press release sent out in May offering Ford the chance to return as Deckard, and giving a few brief details on what could be one of the biggest sci-fi sequels ever released:

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.

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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