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Harrison Ford Deckard Returns? + 'Atlas Shrugged' Lawsuit

Harrison Ford to be featured in Ridley Scott's prequel or sequel of Scott's own sci-fi classic Alien? Oh, wait. That's Prometheus, which may or may not be an Alien prequel or sequel. So, scratch that. According to online rumors, Ford would be featured in another prequel or sequel of another Ridley Scott classic sci-fier, Blade Runner.

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Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, Blade Runner

Earlier this week, someone somewhere claimed that Scott and Ford were in talks to have the Oscar-nominated actor (for Peter Weir's Witness, 1985) reprise his role as replicant-killing detective Rick Deckard (also a replicant or not?) in Scott's very much in-the-works Blade Runner prequel or sequel. But when discussing the possibility of Ford's casting, Scott told EW.com the following” “No. Don't know yet. Don't know yet.” And when asked if he would rule out bringing Deckard back for some more blade running, Scott emphatically answered: “Absolutely not. But I'm not sure that that's going to be a story point, so I don't know. But if it were, nothing would please me more. Honestly.”

In other words, Deckard/Ford may show up in the new Blade Runner. Or he may not. But in case he does show up – how could the new Blade Runner movie be anything but a sequel? Unless, that is, its storyline will borrow elements from David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in which Brad Pitt starts out as an old man who grows younger as time goes by. Harrison Ford, after all, turns 70 next July 13.

And finally, Ridley Scott seems to have enjoyed working on Prometheus so much, he's already talking about Prometheus 2. Now, will that be a prequel or a sequel to the original Prometheus? And will he bring back Alien's (and Aliens') Sigourney Weaver for that one?

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, Prometheus opens June 8, 2012. In the cast: X-Men: First Class/Shame's Michael Fassbender, Young Adult/Mirror Mirror's Charlize Theron, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' Noomi Rapace, The King's Speech/Mildred Pierce's Guy Pearce, Morning Glory/Insidious' Patrick Wilson, Thor/Luther's Idris Elba, plus Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, and Kate Dickie.

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Atlas Shrugged: Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart

An Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 lawsuit is in the works. The company behind the box office bomb starring Zac Efron's The Lucky One's love interest Taylor Schilling as Ayn Rand's heroine Dagny Taggart is suing Relativity Media and Netflix for failing to pay a $1.5 million license fee to release Atlas Shrugged on home video.

Why Relativity and Netflix would agree to pay $1.5 million to distribute a critical and box office disaster like Atlas Shrugged is mind-boggling. Made for a reported $20m, Atlas Shrugged generated a measly $4.62 million in North America. The film's overseas take is nil, as Ayn Rand and her ideology are intrinsically American phenomena. Additionally, Atlas Shrugged – which has become a succès d'estime chiefly among the American far-right – has a dismal 6 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics, and an average 3.2/10 grade.

June 1, '12, update: The Atlas Shrugged lawsuit has been dropped.

Atlas Shrugged lawsuit source: The Hollywood Reporter

Taylor Schilling / Atlas Shrugged picture: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

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