The geek world is very reactive when it comes to Blade Runner. When Edward James Olmos says "it's too bad she won't live," the population of Comic Con shouts back, "but then again, who does?" Then everyone gives each other high fives until it gets awkward when when Comic Con keeps insisting Olmos sign all the Battlestar Galactica shit they brought from home.
So, this weekend, when it was heavily-rumored that Harrison Ford was in talks to join Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel in his current old man form, the ever-excitable internet got a little upset by this news. That information did not sync up with all the spoilers we know about Blade Runner! We were about to cancel our email subscriptions to Harrison Ford's online newsletter, Han's Plans!
But wait! Calm down, everyone. Here's momma to put a damp cloth on our forehead, stroke our hair, and tell us to drink some clear soda. Deadline has talked to the Blade Runner sequel's producers/financiers at Alcon Entertainment, and they say Harrison Ford's participation is not happening (unless it's later decided that should happen):
"It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner," [Alcon's Andrew] Kosove told [Deadline]. "To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we're going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment."
Kosove said they didn't want in any way to disparage an iconic actor like Ford, but it certainly sounds as though they do not plan to continue his story line. "It's like asking if we're going to make the sky red or blue, there has been no discussion about it," he said. "What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we're trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie." Asked point blank if Ford could resurface, Kosove said: "In advance of knowing what we're going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely."
Phew! Rest assured, for now, nothing is interrupting the perfect image of Harrison Ford as a quietly-delighted grandpa: