Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel (Wired UK)


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Don’t believe a word Harrison Ford says. Despite the actor
repeatedly saying he’d never return to his roles as Han Solo or
Rick Deckard, he’s already shot Star Wars Episode VII and
has now confirmed he’ll be returning forĀ Blade Runner
2
.

The sci-fi sequel is set to start shooting next summer, 34 years
after Ridley Scott’s original was released. Although Scott
confirmed the new entry back in 2012 and was once set to direct, he’s now taking an
executive producer role. In his stead, Denis Villeneuve,
best known at present for tense thrillers Polytechnique
and Prisoners,
is in discussions to take the director’s chair.

The original movie,
loosely based on author Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep?
was set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, a
neon-lit hellhole where artificial Replicants hide amongst the
human population. Ford, as Deckard, hunted them down, the film
depicting his final, reluctant case. Dealing with themes of
morality and humanity, the film is notoriously ambiguous, and the
existence of a total seven different cuts of the film doesn’t help
matters. One of the chief questions that plagues fans and critics
to this day is whether Deckard himself was in fact a Replicant.

Little is yet known of the plot for the sequel, other than it
being set decades after the first film. Hampton Fancher, a
co-writer of the 1982 classic, is returning to pen the new entry
with Michael
Green
, with the screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and
Ridley Scott. Although author K W Jeter, a
friend of Dick’s, wrote three novels that served as authorised
sequels to Blade
Runner
, it is not thought they will provide any basis for
the upcoming film.

All of which makes figuring out what Harrison Ford’s involvement
will be in Blade Runner 2 even harder. Will it
definitively answer that is-he-or-isn’t-he Replicant question? Will
he be actively hunting down more Replicants? Passing the torch to
another grizzled detective? Whatever comes of his role, the studio
is glad to have the iconic lead actor for the series involved
again.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with
Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced
personally on Prisoners,” producers Andrew Kosove and
Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott,
have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the
most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be
more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”

Kosove and Broderick’s production company Alcon Entertainment
acquired rights to Blade Runner in 2011, and have plans to
develop the property into a full franchise, with prequels as well
as sequels in the pipeline.

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27 February 2015 | 2:07 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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