It was nearly a year ago that we first learned that Alcon Entertainment was reaching out to Harrison Ford about the possibility of starring in the upcoming Blade Runner 2, and while it took a long time for us to hear a resolution to that story, today we have the results. The studio has announce via press release that Ford will officially reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel.
That's obviously huge news for the production of the film, but that's actually not the entire story. Alcon has also revealed that they are currently in talks with Academy Award nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) to helm Blade Runner 2. As of now, there doesn't appear to be a deal securely in place, but the fact that the studio is officially announcing negotiations can be taken as a very good sign. As of now, the plan is to start principal photographer during the summer of next year, and while no official release date has been set just yet, one can assume that this puts the project on track to be released some time in 2017 – most likely late in the year.
Those of you have been following the developing Blade Runner 2 will recognize that it took quite a long while to get Harrison Ford on board. We first heard about the project all the way back in late 2011, and at the time it looked very doubtful that the film would revolve around the continuing adventures of Rick Deckard. Of course, it was a few months after that we first started hearingback and forth rumors about Ford’s potential involvement with the film. In October of 2013, the actor began having talks with Blade Runner director Ridley Scott about the sequel, and it was last May that Alcon Entertainment first entered into talks with him.
Things started to look a lot brighter this past December when Ridley Scott was doing press rounds for Exodus: Gods and Kings and was asked about Harrison Ford’s feelings towards Blade Runner 2. Scott – who will be serving as an executive producer on the sequel – said in an interview,
I sent him this [script] and he said it’s the best thing he’s ever read. It’s very relevant to what happened in the first one.
Skip forward two months, and now Harrison Ford is officially set for Blade Runner 2.
As you might have guessed, the new movie will be set decades after the events seen in the first movie, and the production will be working from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green (one of the co-writers of 2011’s Green Lantern).
After Indiana Jones and Han Solo, this will be the third legendary character that Harrison Ford has returned to within the last decade. Are you excited he’s coming back? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!