The 'Blade Runner' Sequel Is Harrison Ford's if He Wants It

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First he returned to the Indiana Jones franchise, then he was wooed back to the Star Wars saga. Next, it looks like Harrison Ford could reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel -- if that's what he wants, anyway. The studio behind the project, Alcon Entertainment, is certainly interested in retaining his services.

Alcon started courting Ford with a full-press public pitch today, issuing a press release that reads, in part, "We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."

Fancher, a co-writer on the original Runner, co-wrote the new script with Green, whose recent credits include a rewrite on Scott's Prometheus. Scott, of course, directed the original, and is back on board for the sequel, which is said to take place several decades after the first installment.

Film buffs will no doubt recall that the first Blade Runner, released in 1982, was an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," about a dystopian future in which a group of self-aware androids dubbed "replicants" are at odds with cops called "blade runners." Ford's character found himself in the middle of a particularly troublesome conflict with a replicant leader played by Rutger Hauer.

Although Blade Runner wasn't a huge hit at the box office, it's gone on to enjoy cult classic status, and was enshrined in the National Film Registry in 1993. A deal to put together a sequel has been in the works for some time, and it sounds like -- with Ford's name on the dotted line -- it might finally be coming together.

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