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Ridley Scott wants Harrison Ford for BLADE RUNNER sequel

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A few weeks back we finally learned some concrete information on Ridley Scott’s new Blade Runner movie: The story was being developed by the original screenwriter, it would definitely be a sequel set an indeterminate number years after the cult classic original and would also have a new female protagonist.

But what about everybody’s favourite disheveled male protagonist, Deckard? Too busy off being/not being a replicant? There were talks earlier in the year of Harrison Ford reprising his role, but those were promptly shot down by the studio.

But now, speaking to The Independent,  Scott has finally come out and said that he wants the actor back. But in what role?

 “I don’t think it’ll be Harry [starring], but I’ve got to have him in it somewhere. That’d be amusing.”

Amusing, Mr Scott? No, that would be fanboy laxative, that’s what that would be! Depending on how many of those “indeterminate years” have passed since the original – which saw Ford as a “blade runner” hunting down a group of escaped replicants (android criminals) in a future dystopian Los Angeles – if Ford were to reprise the role of Deckard, his appearance could help settle the decades-long raging debate once and for all on whether or not he himself was a replicant, as the artificial beings only had a limited lifespan of a few years.

Or Scott can just pull a fast one on us, and have a Deckard look-alike just selling noodles as a joke. Either way, it’s still going to be some time before we get any answers, as Scott is currently in full-on Prometheus mode (out next week!) and will then be tackling the Cormac McCarthy penned non-sci-fi thriller, The Counsellor.

Last Updated: May 29, 2012


  1. Theunis Jansen Van Rensburg

    May 29, 2012 at 09:07

    “fanboy laxative”! Haha! 😀

    Hopefully it is more than just a cameo, though.


  2. James Francis

    May 29, 2012 at 09:45

    Didn’t Ford swear he would never work with Scott again?


    • Kervyn Cloete

      May 29, 2012 at 10:34

      While I do want to revisit the rich world that was created with the original, I have to agree that my first reaction to news that they were doing another film was “Why?”. 


      • James Francis

        May 29, 2012 at 11:19

        I wouldn’t call it that rich a world. Blade Runner inspired much of the sci-fi noir that would follow, but when broken down to its elements, it’s a familiar set piece: a grimy, borderline apocalyptic world with punks and mega-corporations. There are robots and humans – the humans feel threatened and the robots do as well. 

        Neither the film nor the short story ever delved deeper than that. It looks spectacular, but there is little actual depth to the Blade Runner world. All going deeper into it will result in are cliches, as Blade Runner will have to rely on the concepts that sci-fi movies in its wake created.


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