Alcon Entertainment, which is planning the sequel, officially called “Blade Runner 2,” is counting on Ford’s return to give the film authenticity.
The company said in a statement released today that it has extended an offer to the 71-year-old actor to reprise his role as Rick Deckard, the jaded detective and replicant hunter, known as a Blade Runner.
When we last saw Rick in the 1982 film, however, he was flying off into the sunset with a replicant of his own, the fetching Sean Young. She played Rachael, an advanced replicant with human emotions.
There were hints that Deckard might be a replicant himself.
Whether Ford will be a central character, or play a cameo role much like Lenard Nemoy in later “Star Trek” pictures remains to be seen.
There’s also another stumbling block to a Ford-Scott reunion; they didn’t like each other and clashed repeatedly on the set during filming. The good news is they’ve buried the hatchet and both speak fondly of each other now.
Ford recently said he would like to work with Scott again.
“Blade Runner” was groundbreaking for its portrayal of a bleak future marked by urban decay, over-population and a huge gulf between rich and poor.
It’s a future of wondrous technology, where flying cars and humans bio-engineered to fight in space exist side-by-side with abject poverty, decadence and corruption.
One thing uniting the two movies will be screenwriter Hampton Fancher. He wrote the original “Blade Runner” screenplay and has been hired to write the sequel.
As the “Star Trek” pictures showed it’s possible to make sequels that work without the original cast. Hopefully, Alcon won’t fu*k up.