Is 'Blade Runner 2' A Good Idea? Is Harrison Ford Even Considering It?
Perhaps preserving the legacy would be better than stretching out the franchise.
Harrison Ford is like a semi-retired bank robber. And you know what the movie business does with semi-retired bank robbers? It lures them back into big jobs again, and more often then not, they get found out.
Hey, it's Harrison Ford!
Ford scored big with Blade Runner back in 80s; the film was another fantastic addition to a memorable set of characters portrayed by the screen legend, but it also gained cult status, placing him firmly in the hearts of both mainstream and indie sci-fi aficionados.
According to Ford, he and British filmmaker Ridley Scott – the man that directed the futuristic cyber-punk sci-fi classic – have been “chatting about making a sequel. "I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director," he told IGN.com. "I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story," added the 71-year-old star.
Andrew Kosove said it was unlikely Ford would return in his role as Rick Deckard last August. "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."
Blade Runner was nominated for two Oscars – both for special effects – but wasn’t considered a hit when it was released in 1982. The critics gave it a lukewarm reception, and box offices weren’t particularly understaffed on opening day.
But the film, which was based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, would gather momentum after its release, with many heralding it as seminal artistic moment in cinema, forecasting with considerable style a dystopian pan-Asian culture.
Such is the cult nature of the film, following it up with prequel - apparently a sequel and remake are off the cards - might not be the best idea.