Is Ford available? Disney may beg to differ.
“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,” say producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment, hard at work on the Blade Runner sequel. “We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project.” The script’s written and everything’s pretty much good to go; all the film needs now is a lead. Please?
It’s rare for a production company to publicly ask, if not beg, for an actor’s involvement. If this bid fails, it could jeopardize the project, and it’s not as if Ford hasn’t got one or two other things to do right now. In fact, assuming Disney doesn’t intend to kill off Han Solo in the first movie – and Disney would sooner saw Mickey in half in front of a live studio audience – Ford’s almost certainly signed up for the two other Star Wars movies to follow. Disney CEO Bob Iger‘s made it very clear that the franchise train will run on time, and that means three new movies over a six year period with two spin-offs. Ford’s bound to be involved at some level; the only question is whether or not he can fit in other projects.
Of course if he can’t then that means no Rick Deckard, and that puts a huge hole in the Blade Runner sequel. Set several decades after the original – Ford, it should be remembered, is 71, one of the reasons why his time as Indiana Jones may be about to come to an end – the film features a script provided by one of the co-writers of the 1982 original and, naturally, Ridley Scott himself. All it needs now is a lead. Is he available? Alcon needs to know.
Source: Hollywood Reporter