We know how rumors and speculation can get totally out of hand on the ‘Net, as it happens practically every other second.
However, you really can’t blame the film geek elite for getting excited about the chances of another Blade Runner saga hitting theaters sometime in the near future – no matter how unlikely such a possibility actually is.
Still, who knows how all these rumors about Harrison Ford returning to the Blade Runner universe even got started? In any event, they were quickly squashed by Deadline.
Yes, Alcon Entertainment is working with Scott on a potential future Blade Runner flick, and Alcon president Andrew Kosove told reporter Mike Fleming, “It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner.”
Now Ridley Scott has told Entertainment Weekly, “We’re still in discussion about whether [Blade Runner] should be a prequel or a sequel.” Scott also said he would “absolutely not” rule out working with Ford again. “Nothing would please me more. Honestly.”
Seriously!? Clearly, Scott and Kosove are probably months, if not years, away from casting actual actors, especially as the theme, let alone a script, hasn’t even been approved yet. Obviously, any serious talk about trying to temp Ford back to the world of Blade Runner is still extremely premature.
Nevertheless, Moviefone had to drop the immortal and obviously inevitable Dumb and Dumber line: “So you’re telling us there’s a chance?”
It’s doubtful we’re going told get any response or comment from Ford any time soon because as we all know, Blade Runner’s not one of his favorite subjects, and he’d probably rather discuss the Star Wars Holiday Special than the possibility of working with Ridley Scott again.
As several involved in the original Blade Runner recalled in the book Blockbuster, director Ridley Scott and Ford apparently had the same problem the Alien cast had with Ridley: they wanted direction, and he was too busy to be bothered.
“Harrison wanted to be directed,” said Alan Ladd Jr., who greenlit Star Wars at Fox and who released Blade Runner through The Ladd Company.
“Ridley wanted to fool around with light. Harrison just wanted to be reassured. At that time Ridley was very shy, and didn’t want to deal with actors. He knew what he wanted but didn’t know how to explain to the actors how to get there.”
Eventually it got so bad, Ladd had to be the go-between because Ford and Scott wouldn’t speak to each other. Come on guys, can’t we all just get along?