We recently reported that Ridley Scott would return to direct either a sequel or a prequel to his sci-fi classic, Blade Runner, after he finishes up work on this summer's Prometheus. It was also widely reported that Scott would be the only talent from the original that would return for the film, which would mean that Harrison Ford would not be reprising the role of Rick Deckard.

However, Twitch is now reporting that Ford is indeed in early negotiations to appear in the film. Ford's involvement would basically eliminate the possibility of this movie being a remake, so all signs are pointing to this being a direct sequel to the original.

While the original Blade Runner was based on Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, no official sequel novel was ever written by the author before his death. Various comics and novels were written that expanded on Blade Runner after its release, but none of them came close to replicating the success of the original book or movie. 

Fans of Blade Runner shouldn't get too excited yet because this movie is still in the very early stages of development, and this latest bit of news could easily fall through before filming begins. 

[via Twitch