What Makes Star Wars And Blade Runner So Special, According To Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford in The Force Awakens

There are certain movie properties that go from popular to legendary. Actor Harrison Ford happens to be in a plethora of them, as he's had his hand in some iconic franchises that have spawned generations of fans. In addition to this iconic role as the handsome nerf herder Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, he also played the title character in Indiana Jones and the possible replicant in Blade Runner. All of these films have continued to show back up in the years since their inception, and now Ford has expressed what make these franchises so remarkable.

[Blade Runner 2049] is an adult adventure; Indiana Jones are family kind of films, and one of the great opportunities of my life is that Indiana Jones, Star Wars, stuff like that, gets passed on generationally. And so seeing that -- having your father say, 'Come on, let's go see this,' or your mom say... that's very special. And having new generations come along and it's reintroduced again, it's incredible.

The man has a point. Because Star Wars and Indiana Jones started back in the 70's and 80's, they're just as popular in 2017. And in order for the franchises to live on like this, it must be passed down from generation to generation. Harrison Ford is basically a member of America's family.

Harrison Ford's comments to Build Series reveal how intimately Harrison Ford knows the business of film production, especially decades old franchises. And while he's not quite a Star Wars obsessed as the fandom, he seem to appreciate how his most iconic roles have transcended time.

Indeed, the Star Wars franchise is equally beloved by kids today as it was for their grandparents who saw the original trilogy in theaters. The films have aged extremely well, and Lucasfilm has never really stopped producing new content for its rabid fanbase. While the prequel trilogy was less than stellar, it got young millennials invested in the property. And now that those twenty somethings are having children of their own, the previous two generations are able to introduce the beloved characters to youngsters. The new trilogy is a stunning continuation of the original, bringing back the likes of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

And Indiana Jones has certainly lived a long life as well. Four movies have already been released, and a fifth untitled film is currently being developed by the folks over at Disney. Steven Spielberg will once again helm the latest adventure, and franchise producer Frank Marshall will team up with Star Wars head honcho Kathleen Kennedy to bring the new adventure to life. So while Han Solo may have bit the bullet in The Force Awakens, Indie is still kicking.

The next installment in the Star Wars franchise is Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, which will arrive in theaters on December 15th 2017. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your final trips to the movie before the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.