For many of us the idea that Blade Runner 2 is actually happening is still a bit shocking. Even more bizarre is the idea that the film might even be good. But fear not, good Blade Runner fan, because Harrison Ford doesn’t just think the script is good, he thinks it’s the best script he’s ever read. At least that’s what Ridley Scott says.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about The Martian, and everything else he's currently working on, Scott insists that Ford doesn’t just like the script, he loves it. He said:
Harrison said, 'Meh,' and I said, 'No, read this.' And I think he said, 'This is the best script I’ve ever had.' We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.
The "best script he’s ever read" is the highest praise the man could possibly give. Ford’s career is quite extensive, and while there are some less than stellar moments on his resume, to be sure, he’s also been part of some absolutely classic films. If the Blade Runner sequel is about to be added to that list then we couldn’t be happier.
While we could accuse Scott of putting words in the actor’s mouth, in the most polite way possible of course, we tend to believe what the director is saying. Scott has actually been talking up Ford’s praise for the script for quite some time, which means if Ford really didn’t believe it to be true, he’s had ample time to set the record straight. That hasn’t happened yet, so we’re going to call it good.
We don’t know a great deal about the future of the Blade Runner franchise, other than the fact that the next film is set to star Ford and Ryan Gosling, and that it will answer the question on screen that Scott answered in media years ago, as to whether or not Deckard is a Replicant. Several months ago Scott had said that Blade Runner 2 might be his next project after The Martian. However, that was back when Scott was looking at directing the film. As it stands now, Scott will only be producing the picture, while Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) will take the director’s chair. This means Scott’s schedule is less important to overall production schedule, which is probably good as the 77-year-old writer and director has a lot of work on his plate at present, including Alien: Paradise Lost.
So now we will continue to look forward to not only a cult classic beloved by millions, but one that apparently has an utterly amazing script. This is only going to make the wait tougher to deal with. If the script is truly that wonderful, there may be another added benefit as well. Hopefully it means they won’t need to make 15 different edits to the film over the next three decades.