Harrison Ford to reprise ‘Blade Runner’ role in sequel

Feb. 27, 2015 | 7:31 a.m.

More than three decades after Harrison Ford starred as android-hunter Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” the 72-year-old actor is set to reprise the role in a sequel.

Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) is in negotiations to direct the film, which is scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2016, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday.

Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner: The Final Cut." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner: The Final Cut.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

In the 1982 sci-fi thriller, Ford played ex-L.A. cop Rick Deckard, who gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants (humanoids created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs) who hijacked a spaceship to return to Earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corp.

Harrison Ford attends the premiere of "The Expendables 3" on Aug. 11, 2014. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Harrison Ford attends the premiere of “The Expendables 3” on Aug. 11, 2014. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

The sequel is set several decades after the original film’s conclusion and is based on an idea by Ridley Scott and “Blade Runner” co-writer Hampton Fancher; the screenplay is penned by Fancher and Michael Green (“Green Lantern”).

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent,” said Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson in a press statement. “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.”

Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to the franchise in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin, who will co-produce the sequel along with Kosove, Johnson and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble will serve as executive producers.

“Blade Runner,” which was nominated for two Academy Awards, was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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2 Responses to Harrison Ford to reprise ‘Blade Runner’ role in sequel

  1. Diane says:

    Get Rutger Hauer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. John says:

    Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of the 1980s, but I'm not interested in seeing a geriatric Deckard in anything beyond a cameo role as a sagely elder counseling. Besides, I thought he was supposed to be a replicant as well. Like Arnold in the new Terminator, does this robot age, too? Ugh.

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