Ridley Scott Plans An "Amusing" Harrison Ford Appearance In The Blade Runner Sequel

I've spent I don't know how long writing about Prometheus, but it has been years, and it was only in the last fraction of this time that it was even called Prometheus and hardly any longer that it was Prometheus shaped. But that's all over now and very soon, when the embargo lifts somewhere towards the end of this week, you'll be able to read Michael Moran's review of the film, and then you'll see it too and… chapter closed.

But I'm ready to do it all again for the strikingly similar phenomenon of a Blade Runner spin-off. Indeed, we're well underway with that one. The discussion of what this film might or might not be has actually been going on for at least a couple of years.

So far, here's what we've already discussed:

  • Ridley Scott is directing.
  • Alcon Entertainment are producing.
  • Hampton Fancher, a writer on the original, has been recruited to work on the screenplay.
  • It's a sequel, set several years after the first film.
  • There's to be a female protagonist.
  • Harrison Ford is not going to star in the film.

That's more than we knew about Prometheus at this stage.

Add another interesting little bit to the pile. Scott has been speaking to The Independent, and some time was given to discussing the Blade Runner film. Here's what he had to say about the involvement of Harrison Ford:

I don't think it'll be Harry [starring]. But I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing.

Amusing? In the strictest sense of the word, I suppose.

Of course, Harrison Ford has aged considerably since shooting the first film. If he's called upon to play Deckard again, his change in appearance is going to mean something – either that Deckard is not a replicant, or that he's a kind that lives a good number of years, and ages.

Perhaps he ages slowly. Scott has said that the film will be set "several" years after the first, which could mean a very significant number. I've got a hunch that, as we draw in on 2017, Scott might want to put some real distance between the release date and the diegetic date of his next chapter.

So, that's a vague promise of some Harrison Ford, with no word from Ford, as yet, on whether or not he'd consider it. Stay tuned for three, four or maybe even five or more years of little bits and pieces until we finally get the film delivered. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.

Not much longer now until you'll find out if we can make that claim for Prometheus.