Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer. That was Harrison Ford's job description as Rick Deckard as the Replicant hunter for the Los Angeles Police department in Ridley Scott's 1982 dystopian science-fiction future noir film.
Alcon Entertainment has reportedly asked Ford if he would return as Deckard in the film's much-anticipated sequel, which will again be directed by Scott.
"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," Alcon Entertainment's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson told Variety. "We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."
Alcon revealed in a press release last year that writer Michael Green ("Green Lantern," "Everwood," "Heroes") was in negotiations to do a rewrite of the "Blade Runner" sequel originally written by Hampton Fancher ("Blade Runner," "The Minus Man," "The Mighty Quinn"). While the 1982 film's storyline was set in Los Angeles in 2019, Fancher's sequel is set some years after its conclusion.
With Alcon Entertainment asking Ford, now 71, to reprise his role, some fans may wonder if Deckard was in fact a Replicant at all. He would've managed to live well-past the typical four-year lifespan of the other Replicants his character "retired." Then again, it's anyone's guess what exactly Deckard has been up to all these years.
When Scott was asked in 2012 about the rumored sequel and Ford's possible involvement, he stated, "It's not a rumor -- it's happening. With Harrison Ford? I don't know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don't know how long he can live. And that's all I'm going to say at this stage."
While Ford has yet to make an official statement about Alcon's recent offer, last month during his AMA interview on Reddit Ford did express in interest in returning for the sequel: "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for "Blade Runner" if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another. If it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character."
After all, it's not unheard of for Ford to reprise his most famous roles decades later. In 2008, Ford returned to the big screen as everyone's favorite archeologist in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" -- and he's currently filming "Star Wars: Episode VII" as Han Solo.