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Published On: Thu, Nov 27th, 2014

‘Blade Runner 2’ set to film in 2015 with Harrison Ford, but without Ridley Scott

While promoting Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott gave fans an update and some insight on the long awaited sequel to the sci-fi classic Blade Runner.

In an interview with Variety, Ridley Scott revealed that the film’s sequel will begin filming next year, and that Harrison Ford will be a part of it.

Ridley Scott on the set of "Blade Runner"

Ridley Scott on the set of “Blade Runner”

“Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act,” Scott said.

“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,” the Gladiator director added, but clarifying that he will only be producing the film, and not sitting in the director’s chair. Scott developed the sequel with the original film’s screenwriter, Hampton Fancher.

Forbes notes the tension between Scott and Ford: “Harrison Ford is famously not a fan of Blade Runner. He didn’t enjoy making the film, apparently didn’t get along very well with director Ridley Scott, and certainly didn’t enjoy the various behind-the-scenes tinkering which led to a somewhat compromised theatrical cut with (among other things) famously bored voice-over narration from its star. And let’s not forget that the original Blade Runner was a box office disaster in 1982, opening with $6.2 million in June of 1982 and ending its original domestic run with $27.5m on a $28m budget. It only attained its current “classic” status via years of critical reevaluation and/or generational nostalgia and various director-approved re-edits.”

The original Blade Runner was a loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The sequel will likely be a entirely an original work.

Based on this news, if things go well and production starts next year, fans can likely expect the film in late 2016 or in 2017.

Scott’s next film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, opens December 13.

Blade Runner poster art Harrison Ford

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