Alcon Entertainment is on the verge of securing the rights to the Blade Runner franchise. The deal would (thankfully) preclude them from remaking the original, but lets them go nuts with prequels and sequels of the seminal sci-fi film based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

The rights are currently held by producer/director Bud Yorkin, who will be involved with any future projects as a producer. No timetables have been given, but don't expect the studio to sit on this guy any longer than absolutely necessary. If they hurry, they can catch the zombie fad!

Ridley Scott directed the original adaptation in 1982, which has been canonized by both film scholars and fanboys alike as the benchmark to which any and all science-fiction films are held. With that in mind, those involved with the project will no doubt feel pressure to secure a legacy in a way that those involved with 2010 and The Godfather 3 seemingly didn't. Stay tuned as your computer begins to shake and smoke from a tsunami of Internet speculation. (Deadline)