[UPDATE: Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind the Blade Runner sequel and The Blind Side (yes, really) has issued a statement denying that Harrison Ford is in talks to appear in the upcoming film from director Ridley Scott. Deadline reports that Andrew Kosove, who runs the company along with Broderick Johnson, insists that the film is still in the story phase, and casting has yet to be discussed. As for whether there could be an appearance by Ford in the finished film, Kosove said the following: "In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed (sic) you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely." Our original posting appears below.]
To recap: Blade Runner 2 is really f*cking happening. Yes, we have a hard time believing it too. But the director of the original science-fiction classic, Ridley Scott, is currently prepping the follow-up even as he finishes post-production on his prequel to Alien, this summer's Prometheus. We didn't expect much news for a while, since they're still in the early stages of pre-production, but Twitch Film claims they've got a big ol' scoop: Harrison Ford is actually in talks to return for Blade Runner 2.
If true – and Twitch Film has a pretty good track record with this sort of thing – it raises a bunch of questions. One of the most debated plot points in all of geekdom is whether Ford's Blade Runner character, Rick Deckard, was himself a replicant – a sophisticated robot that's almost indistinguishable from a human being. The original film didn't hand you the answers, but if Ford returns for a sequel, it may prove that Deckard was human all along, unless he found away to circumvent the replicant programming that caused them to shut down automatically after four years, since Harrison Ford can't really pass for a 40-year-old anymore. Unless they go the TRON: Legacy route, and oh God, let's hope they don't do that.
Or they could go the Alien 3 route, and cast Harrison Ford as a different character, perhaps the model for Deckard's body. That seems more likely. If you'll recall back in November, Scott was asked by The Wall Street Journal whether the character of Deckard would return. His cryptic response: "No, not really."
Will we get answers? Do we really want the debate settled? Can the solution possibly be more fun than the countless geeky arguments we've been having for decades? We may find out whether we like it or not.
CraveOnline will be back with more Blade Runner 2 news after we flip this tortoise.