Some huge news out of Cannes as Variety is reporting that Alcon Entertainment officially has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in its sequel to Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott (who has a lot on his plate at the moment).
Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the screenplay of the iconic 1982 sci-fi film, and Michael Green are the screenwriters. The story in the sequel is being kept under wraps other than being set several decades after the conclusion of the original — which took place in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.
Alcon has been working on the project for over three years, since announcing in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels.
In August 2011, Scott committed to direct. Green came on board to work with Fancher a year ago.
In the original film, Rutger Hauer played the leader of a group of escaped “replicants” — genetically engineered androids used for work on Earth’s off-world colonies — who are hiding out in a 2019 version of Los Angeles. Ford’s Rick Deckard character is a “blade runner,” a police officer who kills replicants when necessary.