On Saturday, the internet worked itself into a mini-frenzy when news came out that Harrison Ford had entered early talks to appear in Ridley Scott’s new Blade Runner movie. And while it’s too early to tell if that’ll end up happening or not, the producers of the film want to put the rumors to rest.
Andrew Kosove is one of the bigwigs at Alcon Entertainment, the company that’s producing and financing Scott’s upcoming return to the Blade Runner universe. Kosove spoke with Mike Fleming at Deadline to squash the recent rumors and give an update on where they are with the movie so far:
“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner,” Kosove told me. “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.”
Kosove, one of the heads of Alcon, also seemed to shoot down the idea of a direct sequel, comparing the new Blade Runner project with 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.”
So now we’re right back where we started – with almost no information about the project at all. All we know is that Ford could return, but it’s too early to speculate. Does this news give your inner sci-fi geek a sigh of relief, or do you wish Ford was totally committed to the project?