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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever" 299

BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "It's been more than 30 years, but finally the script for Blade Runner 2 is done. Original interview with Ridley Scott on MTV. Links for those who don't want to watch the interview. If you're worried that the upcoming Blade Runner sequel won't measure up to the 1982 sci-fi cult classic, rest assured. Harrison Ford apparently thinks the script is "the best thing (he's) ever read." Although Scott is debating whether or not he'll direct the sequel, it looks like Ford will most certainly be reprising his role as Rick Deckard."
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

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  • by kruach aum ( 1934852 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @08:43PM (#48591473)

    Having seen blade runner myself, surely I am capable of judging the finished product without having to take the word of someone who has achieved fame by some method other than judging movie scripts?

    • by carbuck ( 1728596 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @08:51PM (#48591497)
      Actually, I would guess that judging movie scripts had a big effect on his fame, as he has managed to pick some some pretty good movies to be involved with. If he had, instead, chosen crappy movie scripts, I'm sure that no amount of good acting would help advance his fame. If he thought the sequel script was bad, I doubt he would waste his time on it, as he doesn't need the fame, and probably doesn't need the cash.
      • Yes. At one time, he was in six of the ten most prolific box office successes of all friggin' time, counting the Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones cash machine.

        According to a halfhearted internet search, he's worth 200+ million and married to Ally McBeal.

        He could be easily mistaken for someone living the dream.

      • by khasim ( 1285 )

        If he thought the sequel script was bad, I doubt he would waste his time on it, as he doesn't need the fame, and probably doesn't need the cash.

        He did "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". I wouldn't trust his motivations on this one.

        But my question is whether they will keep Deckard as a Replicant. And whether he will know that he is or not. Or will they retcon something stupid in.

        Blade Runner was a great movie. There is no need for a sequel. They could make another movie in that universe without needing to make

        • There's other problems with the idea of a sequel: the original was made in the early 1980s, and the visual style while still great does show some aging, especially if you look at the vehicles, which look basically like souped-up 80s cars. Modern cars have far more curves and complex surfaces thanks to modern technology (look at the headlights in particular). Finally, the beginning of the movie explicitly states it takes place in 2017 (IIRC), which is only a couple years away, and obviously the present doe

      • It doesn't seem to have hurt Johnny Depp's career.

      • by Kjella ( 173770 )

        Sure, picking the right horse to begin with. But if you've made one kick ass movie and the studio is offering you $millions to do a sequel because you are that character and the audience is practically cheering you on before you even make a performance, don't you think he'd be a little bit interested in an easy gig whether or not the script sucks donkey balls? He's 72 and his glory days where in the 70s and 80s, I doubt he's looking for the next big thing just riding this one all the way home. Like the Roll

    • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @08:51PM (#48591499)

      I am capable of judging the finished product without having to take the word of someone who has achieved fame by some method other than judging movie scripts?

      But why would Harrison Ford exaggerate the quality of the script? Sure, he has a stake in the financial success of the film, but nobody in Hollywood is going to prostitute their integrity just for the sake of money, and an occasional Oscar. I think you can just take his word for it.

      • by Khyber ( 864651 )

        "But why would Harrison Ford exaggerate the quality of the script?"

        Same reason he exaggerated the script for the most recent Indiana Jones movie? Get those seats filled in theaters.

      • by lucm ( 889690 )

        I am capable of judging the finished product without having to take the word of someone who has achieved fame by some method other than judging movie scripts?

        But why would Harrison Ford exaggerate the quality of the script? Sure, he has a stake in the financial success of the film, but nobody in Hollywood is going to prostitute their integrity just for the sake of money, and an occasional Oscar. I think you can just take his word for it.

        I wonder what integrity means for a famous movie actor. TV used to be a big no-no but now it's cool. Same with voice-over and video games. What's left that one should not do? Infomercials? Porn? GOP fundraisers?

    • Having seen blade runner myself, surely I am capable of judging the finished product without having to take the word of someone who has achieved fame by some method other than judging movie scripts?

      I seriously doubt you've seen Bladerunner 2.

    • by rogoshen1 ( 2922505 ) on Sunday December 14, 2014 @12:02AM (#48592045)

      Yeah, they should have asked bennet what he thinks... not some actor.

      • Ack! Sorry to reply to my own post, but forgot to mention.. Harrison Ford isn't even a frequent contributor.

  • From a man who starred in such unwatchable turds as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"?

    Shoot, those movies were just plain BAD. And that is NOT the kind of recommendation I expect for a new movie.

    And before you flame me: yes, Harrisson Ford was in a shitload of great movies. But his glory days are over, and have been over, for at least 10 years now.

  • well, isn't that expected?
  • Ridley, please stop (Score:4, Informative)

    by MichaelSmith ( 789609 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @08:55PM (#48591515) Homepage Journal

    You best work is behind you. Trashing your successes in this way only makes you look bad. At least do something original, rather than Alien 1.1, etc.

  • Harrison Ford apparently thinks the script is "the best thing (he's) ever read."

    I'll wait for Buster Friendly to weigh in on the truth of that.
    In the meantime, just go and do your task, even though you know it's wrong.

  • by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @09:01PM (#48591533)
    No, but post prime actors and directors do. So do Hollywood execs. Hell Get JJ. Abrams on board and add a bunch of lens flare.
  • by jazman_777 ( 44742 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @09:26PM (#48591643) Homepage
    It's way better than the Blade Runner movie, although the movie depicts the feel of the environment incredibly well. The story is pretty thin, though, compared with Dick's story. Dick turned down an option to write a "dumbed-down" (that is, change the Rosen Corporation's name to Tyrell Corporation, wink wink nudge nudge!) version of his story for publication with the movie release.
  • Deckard (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Saturday December 13, 2014 @09:43PM (#48591707)

    Ok, so Ford is going to be Deckard again.

    He is quite a bit older now. Since Replicants live short lives, and Deckard is a Replicant, how is this going to be reconciled in the movie?

    I don't see how. Not unless we stick Ford into one of Larry Niven's autodocs.

    --
    BMO

    • Not all replicants live short lives. Rachael did not have an expiration date. There is no way they are going to be able to make Harrison Ford look as young as he was. Even if the movie is bad, it will put to bed the notion Deckard is a replicant.

      • Rachel's lack of expiration date is only mentioned in the original theatrical release. Not in DC or Final Cut.

        Point being: There's going to be canon issues with this movie, and most likely nobody who likes any version of the original is going to be totally happy with it, even if it is amazing.

      • Nah, he was... "It's too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?" ... and the orgami figure of a unicorn at his feet

    • Ok, so Ford is going to be Deckard again.

      He is quite a bit older now. Since Replicants live short lives, and Deckard is a Replicant, how is this going to be reconciled in the movie?

      You new to this sequel game aren't you? Google "Plot Device". The writers will insert any stupid mechanism that they feel like to keep the story going, regardless if it makes any sense or not. Yes you will hate it, but as long as the trailer has the words "Runner", "Ford", "Blade", and "Harrison" in it, the rest is unimportant in the making of a sequel.

  • There is the problem of just how replicants 'escape', conspiracies abounding.

    Deckard may be recreated every 4 years or so, with his last memories intact, an interesting way to use replicants.

    Time for two or more Deckards? On than one planet?

    Time for more Rachels? Or just the same one over and over?

    Who's running Tyrell?

    If the recycled Deckard gets older, that satisfies his own self-doubt about his nature. Cover for his replicantism. And he can always be left dead if he gets too close to the truth.

    And he co

  • I am sure they'll find a way to butcher it. They've managed to butcher everything else from my childhood.

  • Enough said.

    I'll wait for the Netflix release.

  • Here's the plot, on Wikipedia. [wikipedia.org] BladeRunner was powerful because it introduced an interesting world, and told a story while exploring that world. Some of the best scenes revolved around the Voight Kampff test, and they were successful in part because the audience was being introduced to the test, and how a replicant would respond to it.

    In the sequel, the story will have to be much more powerful because the world is already introduced. From what I see in Wikipedia, it's not going to do it (which is not sur
    • That's a story from a series of Blade Runner books. Not the plot of Blade Runner 2, the movie.
    • Re:Doubt it (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Jack Griffin ( 3459907 ) on Sunday December 14, 2014 @12:58AM (#48592209)
      This is the problem with the Sci-Fi genre in general. The 70's/early 80's were golden years because the audience was discovering technology for the first time, and movies simply explored those concepts and presented them to a passionate audience.
      It can never work the same because large numbers of the audience now understand very complex technical subjects. To make an equivalent SF film today that gives a technical audience the same sense of wonder would require extreme complexity that simply wouldn't sell outside the niche Slashdot-type crowd. So we're stuck with Jar Jar Binks for the foreseeable future. Get used to disappointment.
  • Especially since Harrison Ford praises the script. I wonder what his opinion was regarding the Indiana Jones IV script.

  • by Snufu ( 1049644 ) on Sunday December 14, 2014 @12:25AM (#48592127)

    but it was really just a test designed to provoke an emotional response.

  • He looked tired and bored in the last Indy movie. He had better not do that again in the new Blade Runner movie.

  • So if he likes this one, it'll suck.

    It's too bad she won't live, but then again who does?

    Do we really need a stupid sequel to this?

  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Sunday December 14, 2014 @03:39AM (#48592511) Journal

    I loved the shit out of that man as a kid, teenager and early adult.
    Then I listened to several of his interviews, his passion for film is virtually "show me the money" when it came to Indy 4, I recall him pimping it, I also recall him saying "ahh they'll fix shit in editing / post" kind of stuff. He hates the Han Shot first stuff and he frankly, comes off as a phony to me.

    Loved him in SW and the (only) 3 Indy movies made but the man isn't exactly into the universes of the films he creates.
    Don't believe me? Go seek out some of the interviews in the last 15 years.

  • by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Sunday December 14, 2014 @05:42AM (#48592759) Journal

    "BR2: Blade Roller"

    A geriatric and now wheelchair-bound Rick Deckard is called back to "retire" a collection of aging replicants whose superhuman abilities are wreaking havoc on cruise ships, nursing homes, and bingo parlors everywhere.

  • by ikhider ( 2837593 ) on Sunday December 14, 2014 @12:33PM (#48594009)
    Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner are gorgeous, meticulously put-together films. I have no idea why his later films came out so horribly, like Prometheus. About the only director at this time who can instill a sense of wonder is Shane Carruth. Throw him into the mix and it will be good. Don't make the film a special effects fiesta. Some subtle bits here and there. And please, please do not call it "Blade Runner 2". You are begging for a bad film at that point.

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