‘Blade Runner’ Prequels And Sequels Are Going To Happen

Wednesday, March 2 by

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)

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  1. March 2, 2011 5:00 pm

    JIM

    Hey I liked 2010!
    Also, who the hell buys the rights to an expensive flop 30 years after the fact?
    This film is so slow and awful that they have had to re-release it again and again in er what is now 5 different versions? And nobody says shit about that, but George Lucas puts a bit of spit and polish on Star Wars and everbody goes fucking crazy Double Standard Nerds.
    Oh and Star Wars was THE benchmark sci-fi film by which all others should be judged, not Bladerunner’s “Standard Dystopian Future” gee you never saw that in a film before Ridley did it, except in the film he made before it.Alien.


  2. March 2, 2011 5:00 pm

    EOK2006

    I sort of understand where you’re coming from, but disagree. Blade Runner wasn’t the “Standard”, it set the standard and has a huge fan base for a good reason. Many think one of the best films, not just sci fi that has been made. Agreed about Star Wars – Lucas screwed up the prequels and is fairly superficial by comparison, but the 1st 3 were enjoyable and captured imagination in a new sort of way. It’s completely possible to love Blade Runner (regardless of version) and be “meh” about Star Wars, except for Empire. Many do feel that way..


  3. March 2, 2011 5:00 pm

    Penn

    BR has been released in more different ways than any film save for maybe “Clue” with its hundred or so different endings. Sadly, having to report this stuff every day, no remake news surprises me anymore. Even if it’s incredibly well done, which it could be, it’s not the original. Does Blade Runner really tell a story that needs to be retold, prefaced, or continued? I don’t think so, but I also think that I would line up for the AD movies or another Godfather sequel, so perhaps it’s just a function of when people choose to ignore good judgment for gratification.