The producers of the new Blade Runner project have landed Ridley Scott to direct the movie. The original film's star, however, is another story.
Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment, the production company that secured the rights to make more Blade Runner movies, told the Los Angeles Times that Harrison Ford, who played the lead role of LAPD detective Rick Deckard in the 1982 sci-fi classic, is probably not going to show up in the new movie. He said:
"If you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting."
The news broke on Thursday that Alcon had signed Scott, who directed the original film, to return to the Blade Runner universe for a movie that will be either a prequel, a sequel or—and this is the scenario that looks most likely—a separate story that takes place in the same world and uses some of the same elements. Scott is doing something similar with his new film Prometheus, which is apparently set in the same universe as his Alien but is an original, standalone story.
Kosove said that when he and his partners sat down with Scott, that same objective was on the director's mind:
"I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that's wholly original from the first Blade Runner."
Next on the list of "gets" is a screenwriter, which could happen fairly soon, but Kosove cautioned that the earliest the movie can start filming is early 2013—which means we won't get to see it until at least 2014.
Kosove knows there's a lot of skepticism out there about a new Blade Runner movie, and he told the Times that he hopes the recruitment of Scott will make people feel better about the film. He added, "We want people to know that we're very serious about doing this in an artistic way. This isn't just commercial fodder."
Do you think that these guys can pull off a new Blade Runner movie without Harrison Ford involved? Does the idea of Scott telling a new story in the same universe sound better than a direct prequel or sequel?