When news broke last year that Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. were teaming up to bring the world of ‘Blade Runner’ back to the big screen, fans were excited. But some cut the celebration early when both producer Andrew Kosove and director Ridley Scott said that none of the cast from the original would be appearing in this new version. Now, Twitch is reporting that Harrison Ford is in early negotiations to be in the film.
In a interview with the L.A. Times in August, Kosove said that when he first met with Scott to talk about the movie, they hashed out how the film would look and how it should be different from the original yet still pay homage to it. Eventually, they decided it should be a stand-alone movie. He also made it clear that Harrison Ford would not be involved:
“In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott, but 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.”
As of November, Scott seemed to reiterate this when he told the Wall Street Journal that this new ‘Blade Runner’ movie would be moving ahead “not with the past cast, of course” and when specifically asked if Deckard would return he replied, “No, not really.”
Well apparently someone decided to change their mind as rumor now has it that Ford is in early talks for the film. No other details of the talks have been revealed so it isn’t known if Ford would just be making a cameo or even play a different character altogether. Since negotiations are still in the early stages, things may not work out but we can still keep our fingers crossed that he will be appearing in the film in some capacity.
Kosove is hoping to start filming the movie sometime at the end of this year or early 2013 to allow enough time to hire a writer, get the script written and a cast in place. That would mean the movie wouldn’t be released until 2014.
So what do you think about Ford possibly returning to the world of ‘Blade Runner?’
According to Deadline, producer Andrew Kosove told them:
“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner. 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.”
From the sound of it, it seems like director Ridley Scott and Kosove are still hammering out the script details. So far a writer has not been announced to scribe the screenplay so it would make sense that they would want to concentrate on this aspect of the project first.
Kosove goes on and says that right now they are focusing on this version of ‘Blade Runner’ to be along the same lines as what Scott is doing for ‘Prometheus.’
“What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we’re trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie.”
When directly asked if Ford would be seen in this version, Kosove responded:
“In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely.”
So I guess that’s the definitive word on the subject straight from the producer’s mouth. Oh well, the dream was good while it lasted.