It’s unusual for a movie company to just come right out and say they’re wooing a certain actor before the deal is set, but that’s just what Alcon Entertainment, makers of a putative Blade Runner sequel (set decades after the first film), have done.
Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, Alcon’s co-founders, released a statement in which they said:
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 [Ford] will be part of our project.
Fancher and Green have both been tapped as writers on the project. Fancher was the screenwriter behind the 1982 movie, so there’s no question there as to why he’s been brought aboard. Green has writing credits on Smallville, Heroes, and, perhaps worryingly Green Lantern. That is, the movie Green Lantern. But honestly, Green Lantern didn’t just show obvious signs of hamfisted studio over-meddling and being market tested into a gray paste, it also had no less than four people credited as its writers. At that point, a project is probably not representative of anybody’s writing. Ridley Scott is attached to reprise his role as director.
It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Ford will take them up on the offer, or whether he’ll be listening to the inevitable fan opinions on whether he should. Undoubtedly they’d have to work around his schedule while shooting and marketing Star Wars: Episode VII, but who knows what that actual schedule is going to look like besides some folks under heavy, heavy NDAs. Frankly, we hope the sequel can take a leaf from Star Wars‘ book and invite Sean Young back too, but that seems unlikely. Hey, maybe Edward James Olmos would be available?