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The world of online movie news is a strange wilderness of ever-changing, sometimes completely contradictory reports. In Early 2011, it was revealed that Warner Brothers, in association with Alcon Entertainment, was setting in motion a reboot to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi masterpiece 'Blade Runner.' Months later we learned that Scott himself would be returning to direct the reboot, and it was largely supposed that it would be his immediate followup to this year's 'Prometheus;' which is itself Scott returning to one of his own properties. The story of a futuristic law enforcement agent tasked with sniffing out and eliminating four replicants, or androids who are almost indistinguishable from humans, 'Blade Runner' is the highly revered adaptation of Philip K. Dick's story 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' It may be this reverence that had producer Andrew Kosove asserting to the L.A. Times that the reboot would actually be a complete break from everything we saw in the first film. Apparently however, nobody told Harrison Ford that. According to Twitch, based on information from their source, the star of the original films is in early talks to return for the reboot, which would then most likely make it a direct sequel and not a reboot at all. As of this time, no official deal has been made.
There are two questions we must ask ourselves here. Assuming this rumor is true, and that Ford is returning for the next 'Blade Runner' film, does that provide definitive evidence that the reboot angle has been scrapped in favor of a direct sequel with Ford once again being the focus? I would argue that it does not. While Ford would most likely return as Deckard, I don't see him playing anyone else, it is possible that he would appear early in the film in some sort of torch-passing capacity to a younger Blade Runner and then either make a voluntary exit from the narrative or be killed off; the younger Blade Runner then having to investigate/avenge his death. The reasoning for this assumption leads to the second question: would we really want Ford to star in the reboot/sequel? Don't get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for the man and 'Blade Runner' is a phenomenal film, but we would be fools not to acknowledge Ford's advanced age. If 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' is any indication, it would seem his best action days are far behind him. As much as many of us love Deckard, I would argue that it would be categorically unwise for Scott to center the new film on Harrison Ford if he intends to have even the same amount of action as was featured in the original, and he is smart enough to recognize this.
But enough about my thoughts, I want to hear from you guys. What do you think of Harrison Ford coming back for another 'Blade Runner' film?