Jane Levy Taking on ‘Evil Dead’; Is Harrison Ford In New ‘Blade Runner’? [UPDATE]
[UPDATE #3] It’s been a while since we last had any news on the Blade Runner sequel and now we have Ridley Scott speaking with The Independent, that he wants Harrison Ford in some capacity: “I don’t think it’ll be Harry [starring], but I’ve got to have him in it somewhere. That’d be amusing.” Also, original screenwriter Hampton Fancher is already on board with the film.
UPDATE – Alcon Entertainment denies Harrison Ford is in negotiations for Ridley Scott’s return to Blade Runner.
Recent reports have stated that Ridley Scott’s return to Blade Runner has begun talks with Harrison Ford to return as replicant-hunter Deckard; while The Evil Dead has cast recent comedy darling Jane Levy to take up the character of Mia, the female Ash (if you will) portrayed by Bruce Campbell in the 1981 original film, and recently vacated by Lily Collins.
Scott, who’s returning to the Alien franchise (but not really) with Prometheus this summer, his return to his other sci-fi classic Blade Runner isn’t much of a surprise. Hopefully in the same universe as the 1982 original, Scott said the film would be “liable to be a sequel”. Although, Alcon Entertainment (which recently bought the rights) said “In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott but if you’re asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting.” I’m guessing there’s some financial incentive. Also, there’s the whole “Is Deckard a replicant or not?” debate that Scott and Ford can’t seem to agree upon even if The Final Cut says Deckard is indeed an unaware replicant.
Meanwhile in other casting news for beloved genre classics being remade, The Evil Dead has cast Jane Levy to play the lead character Mia. Levy currently stars and is extremely hilarious on the ABC series Suburgatory. “Mia is one of five young people who head to the remote cabin where evil awaits. Recovering from a recent overdose, Mia is particularly vulnerable.” The remake is being produced by Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert with Ghost House Pictures. Fede Alvarez is tapped to direct and has co-written the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody has also done some revisions on the latest draft. The movie is expected to open 12 April 2013.