Confirmed - Harrison Ford Will Return For Blade Runner 2 But Ridley Scott Won't Direct
Two big developments on Blade Runner 2 have just come to light. We now know that Harrison Ford will return for the sci-fi sequel, but unfortunately, we don't quite know in what capacity. Obviously bringing Ford back to reprise his role as Rick Deckard offers up a number of age-related issues, although that hasn't stopped JJ Abrams and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens team. In an recent interview with Variety, Scott had this to say about Ford's role:
"We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one," said Scott of his conversations with co-screenwriter Hampton Fincher. "Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act."
After their conversation with Scott, though, Variety got the impression that the legendary director won't be returning to the director's chair for the Blade Runner sequel. That's fair enough, the man is 76 years old and has numerous projects on his plate including directing the adaptation of Andy Weir's The Martian and helping bring about a TV adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's 3001: The Final Odyssey for Syfy. This is not to say that Scott won't be involved in the Blade Runner 2 project, though. He'll still be holding his Executive Producer post on the project and those who know how he works know that Scott is not a man who likes to take a back seat on anything he's remotely attached to.
This means that the search is now on for a director worthy of one of Science Fiction's most prized properties, and you can bet your house on the fact that genre fans will be hotly debating who that person is.