Though a rumor broke over the weekend that suggested that Harrison Ford is in early talks to appear in Ridley Scott’s new untitled Blade Runner project, Deadline is now reporting that Alcon Entertainment is fiercely denying the rumor, saying that such discussions have not taken place and that it is “quite unlikely” that the film will develop in a way that will require the actor.
“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner,” producer Andrew Kosove told the site, likening Scott’s current approach to what he’s doing with Prometheus. “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.”
Ford iconically played the role of Blade Runner Rick Deckard in the 1982 original, based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. That novel received a series of official sequels after Dick’s death which blended both the original novel and film. Titled The Edge of Human, Replicant Night and Eye and Talon, the books were written by a friend of Dick’s, K.W. Jeter between 1995 and 2000, but it is highly unlikely that any of them will be the basis for the new film.