Rumors have been swirling all weekend about the new film to take place in the Blade Runner universe, to be directed by Ridley Scott, who seems to be returning to his most successful properties after years of making bloated and over-dramatic action films. Reports were that Harrison Ford was in very “early talks” to possibly come aboard the new film and reprise his role as Deckard.
However, today, Alcon Entertainment, the company producing the film, says no such talks have taken place. They spoke to Deadline, saying the following:
“To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”
That’s straight from the mouth of Andrew Kosove, who would know what he is talking about. Ever since reading the reports, we figured they were just rumors, but crazier things have been happening the past few years in Hollywood. Kosove said they couldn’t just “sit by” and let people make these reports, they had to “adamantly deny” them. Which figures.
Without a script, they don’t have a real movie, just an idea, and the people that could make it a real movie when they so choose. However, it looks like they haven’t quite gotten to that point yet, and it looks like it’s probably a bit far off. Now, keep in mind that this doesn’t mean Ford will never reprise the role of Deckard. It’s entirely possible, but at this point, it doesn’t look as though it’s even been discussed among the director and producers, so it’s a long way out if it does happen.
I think some of the motivation behind these reports is the fact that Prometheus is real, and it has a real release date that is quickly approaching us. With this knowledge on hand, a lot of reporters were probably more confident in saying Scott would bring Ford to reprise his role, despite the fact that seemingly no one was happy with Indiana Jones 4, which most people would say was a bad idea on par with another Blade Runner. So we’ll see, only time will tell if Scott even goes full force into this new Blade Runner, or if it eventually will get passed off to someone else when he finds something more interesting to do. At this point, anything is a possibility, but that’s no reason to say anything is happening. When it does, we’ll let you know.