Harrison Ford Decided Who Got to Direct 'Blade Runner 2049' (Not Ridley Scott)

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 12:08PM
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 12:08PM
Harrison Ford Decided Who Got to Direct 'Blade Runner 2049' (Not Ridley Scott)
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The original Blade Runner had a production period that was troubled to say the least. Director Ridley Scott and lead actor Harrison Ford didn't get along at all, and they each had their own contradictory idea of what the finished movie should be like. It seems that, logically, Harrison Ford didn't want to have to go through the same frustrating process again, which led him to make a very significant condition to be met before he'd sign on for a sequel.

According to a recent article from The Hollywood Reporter, one condition for Ford returning for a role in Blade Runner 2049 was that he got to personally approve the movie's director. Ridley Scott, who's served as a producer on the new film, acquiesced, giving Ford free reign to veto any director he didn't approve of.

Denis Villeneuve, who was ultimately chosen to direct, describes his interview with Ford:

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"When Ridley decided to make a sequel, the first thing he did was to ask Harrison if he would be interested, because it would have been impossible to make the movie without him. So I had to meet Harrison, and have a discussion about what I wanted to do with the movie, so he felt comfortable with me taking the wheel."
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This backs up earlier statements from Ford, in which he has explained that he initially took the invitation to reprise his role as Rick Deckard because he was particularly pleased with the script and the direction that his character takes in the upcoming movie. It sounds as if Villeneuve really wowed Ford in their meeting, to the point that the actor was happy and willing to participate in this new vision of Blade Runner.



Now the only question that's left to answer is whether we'll be getting frail, Crystal Skull Ford, or lively, humorous, The Force Awakens Ford. The acclaimed actor's recent roles have been somewhat hit and miss in terms of recapturing his early dynamism and charisma, and scenes in trailers for Blade Runner 2049 show a somewhat shaky Deckard who's feeling the effects of age.

That said, considering that Ford had to personally approve the director for this movie, it's worth assuming that Villeneuve will manage to do a good job of bringing out a passionate performance from the aging actor. Unless, of course, Ford only chose Villeneuve because he figured he'd be a pushover on set. There's no way Harrison wants a repeat of the last time be made a Blade Runner movie.

Blade Runner: 2049 hits US theaters on October 6th, 2017.
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