What a difference the guy in charge makes to a film, huh? If Ridley Scott wasn’t the one making the followup to Blade Runner, then the news that Harrison Ford is in talks to be in the film would be met with a cacophony of derision.
Deckard was a replicant, we would argue, he was going to be dead just like Batty in less than a year, so now they’re going to retcon the whole thing so that geriatric Ford can nuke the fridge of another film’s corpse? Or maybe they’re going to say that he was a special replicant who was able to keep living and grow old. It was probably all those midichlorians, right?
But since Scott actually has talent and a stock pile of good will, the reaction is far more positive. Instead of spinning into the abyss of cynicism, we start thinking of ways instead that it could actually work. Maybe give it a minor retcon, say that certain models rapidly age as they approach their drop dead date, and set the film a mere week after the events of the original. Have Ford play the human character from whose DNA Deckard was originally based. Maybe Deckard finds a way around the drop dead date, but he’s legendary, a figure whom others search for. And the secret is that he managed to survive by not really living, the foil to Batty who has seen things we wouldn’t believe at the cost of long life.
Whatever Scott is planning on doing with Ford in the film, it just seems exciting. Of course then I remember Russell Crowe Robin Hooding it up, and I just get depressed again.