Since recapturing his enthusiasm for genre filmmaking during Prometheus, his Alien prequel/non-prequel, Ridley Scott has been talking up a new Blade Runner film. Not much has happened with it so far, but the last week has seen a flurry of news/rumours/speculation regarding Harrison Ford reprising his role as Deckard. The latest word, via EW.com, suggests that the project is still in its infancy, and it is not known yet whether the Deckard character would even be involved. Would Harrison Ford even be interested? Do fans want to see him back in the role?
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Last week, it was announced that 20th Century Fox’s proposed Alien prequel, to be directed by original Alien helmer Ridley Scott, had instead become a completely original sci-fi project provisionally named Prometheus. The Alien fans who were looking forward to another installment in the franchise were left feeling desperately disappointed. Meanwhile, those that are heavily opposed to the plethora of reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels that we are routinely subjected to let out a huge sigh of relief. Personally, I don’t fall into either of these camps. I like the first Alien film, but successive sequels have deteriorated in quality exponentially. I have no problem in theory with remakes etc.. as long as there is a reason for them, whether it be a new, original take on a concept, or if more mileage is available form an existing film idea. So when I heard the news, I had no immediate extreme reaction to it, but I did find the news fascinating for several reasons. Continue reading