Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (Prisoners, The Blind Side, The Book of Eli) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his iconic role of Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel that will be directed by Ridley Scott.
Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green will be penning the screenplay.
The story is being kept under wraps, but it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the original.
In a joint statement, Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said:
“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.”
Now this could be a gamble on Alcon’s part. They could be betting that an outpouring from fans for Ford to reprise the classic character will play a positive part in the actor’s decision to return to the role. As far back as March 2013, Ford expressed interest. Of course if he doesn’t return it makes Alcon look bad doesn’t it?
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.
Released by Warner Bros., Blade Runner was adapted by from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).
Blade Runner has been named as one of the greatest movies of all time by any number of polls and articles over the years , and often as the greatest science-fiction film of all time as well.
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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter