Alcon, which acquired the television and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011, announced today that they have a script ready and want Harrison Ford back as Rick Dekard.
The script was written by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the first film, and Michael Green (Green Lantern). Ridley Scott is attached to direct the sequel which is said to take place several decades after the events in the original.
Alcon founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove released this statement:
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.
There is no set production schedule or start date, but considering Ford’s current schedule in which he just started shooting for Star Wars VII and Ridley Scott’s commitment to direct 20th Century Fox‘s The Martian starring Matt Daimon, there is plenty of time for Alcon to woo Ford.
Now, I am going to hold off on asking myself WHY we need a sequel until I get some idea of what the story is and how Dekard fits into the plot. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Dekard, and I imagine that Alcon will move heaven and earth to lock Ford back into the role.
Who else might make an appearance? The two remaining replicants, Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah would be a great choice to show up in the sequel in some fashion.
All I know is I better see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.