UPDATE: Alcon Entertainment is denying the reports of Harrison Ford in talks for a "Blade Runner" sequel.
"It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in 'Blade Runner,'" Andrew Kosove from Alcon 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."
When Alcon Entertainment's plans to craft a new "Blade Runner" prequel/sequel/Replicant were announced nearly a year ago, it sent sci-fi fans abuzz with concern about how they could possibly recreate the 1982 masterpiece's heady mix of cyberpunk noir. Now a key puzzle piece may be falling into place: Harrison Ford.
In a "take it with a grain of salt" move, Twitch is reporting that Ford has "entered into early talks" for what will be a direct-sequel, which actually raises more questions than it answers.
Probably the trickiest thing about bringing the actor back into the existentialist android fold is that original-and-current director Ridley Scott has gone out of his way to make it clear that the origami unicorn implications at the end mean that Ford's Rick Deckard is himself a Replicant. Whether he comes with the standard four-year lifespan of a Replicant is another story, and even if he's a perma-droid would a robot really look like a 70-year-old man? Also, do robots get arthritis?
It's possible they could cheat it by having Ford play the guy who designed the robot in his likeness, or go all "Tron: Legacy" and have the actor de-aged via motion capture. Oh the possibilities!
Whatever direction they decide to go in, this is at best classified as "rumor" since producer Andrew Kosove already stated, "if you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no."
The "Indiana Jones" legend has been cagey in interviews about the subject and Scott has been mum as well. In the words of Captain Bryant, "This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old blade runner, I need your magic."
(Originally published on Feb. 6, 2012, at 11:02 a.m. ET)