Alcon Entertainment is looking to acquire the rights to produce prequels and sequels to the 1982 cult classic "Blade Runner," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade paper reports that the company is in final negotiations to potentially create a franchise around the movie, which was based on Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."
It was director Ridley Scott's follow-up to the box office smash "Alien," but it was considered a box office bomb at the time, only grossing $27.6 million, according to Boxofficemojo.com.
In 1992, a Director's Cut - which removed the narration from star Harrison Ford, among other things - hit theaters, and the movie has since been considered one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. A "Final Cut" was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2007, the same year that the American Film Institute ranked it in its list of the 100 best films.
The more recent cuts especially left the resolution of the story up in the air, so this is probably not the first time a sequel has been pondered by fans and Hollywood execs alike.
In a statement to THR, Alcon Entertainment's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said, "We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium."
What do you think of this idea? Are you excited to see more "Blade Runner" or should the original stand on its own? Would you like to see Harrison Ford or Sean Young return to their roles? Comment below.
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Of course, make another movie that has the original actors (Harrison Ford, Sean Young) as they are now, if possible. No one can change the irst film because it stands alone. Just as those who criticized the sequel of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Alien, etc., by using their OWN feelings without considering the vast majority of others that enjoyed ALL the sequels. It made the last Indiana Jones movie story line such a good one, precisely, because Indiana married the woman he really loved from the first movie.
I really didn't know about movier re-makes until Turner Classic Movies started showing the first movie and the previous remakes. Each one was a masterpiece. Remember beauty and value is in the eye of the beholder!
i still can't believe how poorly recieved bladerunner was when it first hit the screens.i was the only kid in school who loved it.brilliant visionary haunting masterpiece of a movie.i would like to return to that world but i fear they won't be able to recapture the same magical feel.
no... not possible. Horrible. Please God, no
oh boy there they go again is nothing sacred
I'm all for it if they respect the original. Don't want to see another Jar Jar Binks blunder...also, it wouldn't make sense to bring Shawn Young back because skin jobs don't age.
Leave it alone. They made a great movie, but it bore only a passing resemblance to the story it was based on. Anything added at this point is strictly for the bucks. Find something new to do. You might be able to expand on the concept, but don't label it either a prequel or a sequel.
Here's a thought: try coming up with an ORIGINAL IDEA for a story!
Im very interested in seeing how this turns out since I built the cars from the origonal movie.
And another thing....Highlander was crapola.
This is not an opinion...it's just pure fact.
Deal with it.
"We are exploring multi-platform concepts".
Sounds like jargon to me. Sounds like some hacks who want to make $$$ from other people's success.
Oh...and Deckard *IS* a replicant! Harrison Ford proved that later on in life...when his acting skills degraded to the point where he was nothing but another prop on the set.
Let the original – with the voice over – stand! That is the best version, and the classic that I loved from the get-go! I don't mind the director's version but if you didn't watched the original with the voice-over – it makes very little sense. And I don't buy in that Decker is a Replicant. He might be a cold fish, but he isn't a Replicant.
This is my all-time favorite movie. Top of the list! A visually stunning, fantastic, original movie classic! Leave it alone!
Coming to a theater near you....
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If the sequel and prequel answer some interesting questions. (Is Dekard a replicant?)(Are there more replicants that have no expiration date?)(Are the skin jobs really human?) It could be an interesting journey. If they turn it into an action adventure to show guys flipping through the air and firing two guns with a car chase, it will suck so bad it will become a singularity and eat us all. This will work if it is more of a battlestar glactica cylon-living-among-us feel. We'll see. Frankly it might be better to not sell the rights and risk ruining one of the best movies ever made.
We did not need the Final Cut. Arguably the best version of Blade Runner is the one that was tested prior to the theatrical cut. It was Scott's raw work and, as is often the case, the energy, creativity, and energy rule.
How could any sequel, prequel, or otherwise add a thing to this great film? The movie stands alone, asking more questions than it answers. Do we want to be told someone else's answers, or are our own answers, and lack thereof, sufficient?
I don't care if they make prequels or sequels, because even if they're horrible, IT TAKES NOTHING AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL!!!
Is "The Matrix" any worse for having been followed by Reloaded and Revolutions? No. Just watch the first one.
Is "Highlander" any less awesome because the sequels, and IMHO the TV show, wrecked the timeline? No. Just watch the first one.
This is the equivalent of arguing that the Mona Lisa becomes less of an art piece every time someone makes a bad copy of it.
Opinion noted and rejected – just because a thing can be done doesnt mean it should be.
i loved the original and would go to see at least one or two offshoots/prequels/sequels but can't imagine they could approach the awesomeness of the original.
cripes...dont do it, just dont – isnt there another vampire or stuporhero that could be on the big screen...oh wait, yeah that idea sucks too.
I guess nobody has any true vision anymore.
A THOUSAND TIMES NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please, not another Highlander II
Please make whoever is pitching this idea for Blade Runner watch Highlander II as a case study of what a poorly thought out sequel can do to the memory of a good movie.
Ugh. No. That movie stands alone just fine. No need to trot out a sequel and a franchise 30 years later.
Let's talk about Michel Gondry's proposed adaptation of "Ubik" and how awesome that would be.
I'm okay with it as long as it doesn't suck. Seems like it probably will though. Alien and Blade Runner set the tone for damn near every sci-fi movie made since.
Yeah, they need to add more explosions, giant robots, and more brain numbing "dialogue" by chicks in skimpy outfits (Megan Fox, here's some work for ya!). Over the top CGI, and of course, 3-D, its gotta be 3-D. WINNER!!!! Can't wait. Really....
Obviously, this could be a mess. However, I will not poo poo the idea immediately. The original won't be harmed (at least in my mind) much like After-MASH had no effect on MASH. The Blade Runner story is rich enough to handle some off-shoots. Also, i like the idea of "other media". I played a PC Blade Runner game that was very satisfying, not much action but lots of investigation - like the movie.
Its too bad Hollywood doesn't consult SciFi readers for their ideas. There are SO MANY stories out there that could make great movies....alas alot of them are for thinking people – which may turn hollywood types off....
I also heard they're going to have a painting elephant take a crack at redoing the Sistine Chapel. There is NO WAY these people will do that classic justice! Leave it alone.
I think if they did it from one of the sequel novels it might be bad.. haters please read this wiki excerpt:
"Three novels intended to serve as sequels to both Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner have been published: Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995), Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night (1996), Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon (2000). The official and authorized novels were written by Philip K. Dick's friend, K. W. Jeter. They continue the story of Rick Deckard and attempt to resolve many of the differences between the novel and the film."
Of note: "were written by Philip K. Dick's friend, K. W. Jeter"
Tron sucked. It was like sitting in a video game for too long. I had headaches and eye problems for weeks afterwards. It was a giant instant gratification fest. There is no thought in these new movies, and the scripts (which is way more important than special effects) are horrible because people have no patience anymore for anything. Hollywood is very much in the middle of that argument as well. Stop teaching your audience to be impatient and develop a decent original classic.
Some folks know this, there's a sequel to the Blade Runner novel.
I wait 20 years for Tron to come out, which is awesome by the way. don't be so heisitant to see what is made of bladerunner, it may turn out to be a great movie, and if not, it doesnt take away from the original. I would watch it, and so wouls all of you who are posting on here not to do it, so let hollywood make the decision, and enjoy what they make, or dont and possibly miss out on a great movie, thats up to you
NO! NO! A TRILLION TIMES NO!
Nothing is too sacred to try again, but Blade Runner was a masterpiece. Remember, Scott was working this project while America was watching Buck Rogers with Erin Grey in spandex and little Twiki the robot. Even Star Wars went all cyber-cutsey with *Muppets* (RUFKM). Ridley Scott treated cyber-cutsey with utter contempt. Blade Runner had a very very different view of the future, one that resonates shockingly well 30 years later. Any "remake" is nothing more than homage, because the original was all about being unorthodox, about considering a future that looks nothing like "prevailing wisdom". The original is it's own monument.
I think some of the cult love for the original hinges on the special effects used at the time. Now it'd be all CGI, no bluescreen or models. IF they made the other movies like the first, same techniques for SFX I think it'd stand up.
See also: Star Wars prequel trilogy SFX vs. original trilogy
Then what? Blade Runner the musical? Blade Runner on ice?
Please. Let the original stand – alone.
Alex, I'll take "Why" for $400
I'd much rather have artists recreate or re-envision the Mona Lisa. On that note why don't we all just "re-envision" Michelangelo's David? That piece is even missing part of an arm. At the very least they should attach a prosthesis.
Hollywood should support original stories. I'm tired of refreshed TV shows, Movies and movie scripts. Please encourage originality!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't let them do this!
People keep asking for original stories......I once saw an interview with a writer in which he claimed there were only something like 5 to 10 (I forget the exact number) basic storylines and everything ever written was just a version of one or more of those. What makes a story quality is how well you tell that basic storyline because at the end of the day there is nothing original left to say.
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They should do something more original, like "Does Hollywood Dream Of A Franchise Without Sequels?"
okay, if vangelis comes back in, maybe I can consider it....but maybe....
leave it alone. it's a classic...no pre or sequel would do it justice. I can't see ridley or pkd (rip) wanting to get involved with another film related to it. BLADE RUNNER rocks, even 29 yrs later!!!!
You can't make a sequel to Blade Runner. The heart of this movie has nothing to do with technology or guns or computers, it's about what makes human human. That last scene with Roy perched over his hunter is not about prey versus predator it's about a human being whose humanity showed the same sort of sympathies you'd expect of a robot, while the android shows all that's so human about itself. You don't sequel that. There's no sequel to the book that Philip K. Dick wrote, I appreciate that there were attempts to write sequels by his friend, but the science fiction master did not make those.
actually the original was so superior to many movies and especially to sci fi movies as it contained so many
elements that most sci fis do not. it was very dark and noirish for a sci fi at time and threw a lot of movie goers i think.
tech and medicine (i.e. robotics and genetics have come of age finally too).
Anyone would have to work hard to screw up a prequel or sequel to this.
It has been long enough too for audience to get past another star taking place of or sidestepping Harrison Ford as well.
So why don't we get a "franchise" for movies like "Night of The Comet", "Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone", or "Buckaroo Banzai"? This trend of "reboots" or "reimaginings" is simply dreadful. I don't believe Hollywood could muster the creative mojo required to even attempt to do a prequel to "Blade Runner".
It's official all creativity has been confirmed to have died in Hollywood, the results of the pending autopsy will be released to the public in a matter of weeks. When only remakes seem to be getting made and aimless sequels that RARELY are good let alone better than the original are the only movie options, going to the movies and spending half your paycheck just ain't happening anymore for alot of people. Blade Runner is a classic, leave it alone and please stop putting out movies that no one will want to watch look at Star Wars Episodes 1 – 3, no where near the level of IV, V and VI, George Lucas should have stopped at VI.
I thought remakes were the pits until I saw JJ Abrams Star Trek, then I decided they may not be that bad. So long as none of the original actors appear in it, making it look like a geriatric reunion, it might have a chance.
As long as they have Vangelis write the music – it'll be great.
There will never be a blade runner sequel - because the original movie was funded by 3 different companies. They each contributed roughly the same amount of money.
The first company got the distribution rights in the US - lost money big time because it was a box office bomb at the time. The second company got the international distribution rights - lost money big time as well. The third company (who contributed the final dollars to finish the over-budgeted movie) got the video rights - made tons of money with VHS and DVD sales worldwide.
The third company always wanted to create blade runner sequels - but the other 2 companies lost so much money 30 years ago that they have always demanded a king's ransom in order for them to agree to any sequel deals.
They way Hollywood and the world works now – if it made money once – try it again.
As Roy Batty said in that classic scene "time to die".
Sorry Jason..Is was not Roy that said it. It was Leon.....god I'm such a nerd for knowing that!
Ya know, now that I think about it, he DID say it...at the end. Sorry Jason.
Blade Runner vs. Sling Blade vs. Blade Quad
You know what's sad? Nobody listens. They're still gonna try to do this. I mean it's stupid! A sequel to Blade Runner? There's no way they'd pull it off with Harrison Ford, no matter how good the makeup, FX, or whathaveyou. Just look at the goatscrew that was Indy 4. And Sean Young? Are you kidding? What's the last notable movie she was in? Ace-Freaking-Ventura, as the sausage-hiding gender-bending villain like 20 years ago! For fks sake, make something original, Hollywood. You've done it before. Don't you remember?
I really hope Ridley Scott becomes involved. It will be almost impossible to maintain the style of the tale without him.
I would at least give it a chance. It has always been one of my favorite movies.
This will go the way of the GWTW remake. Someone in charge will eventually wake up and bag this. Talk about electric sheep.
There are very few movies that can grab your imagination the way that Blade Runner does. For me, it stands alone as a classic / awsome / great / compelling movie. I do not need or want any more information about the story than I already have. Make your prequals or sequals if you wish. I will not watch them. I do not wish to have my own dreams changed in any way. The things I have seen in this movie are enough for me.
Sean Young and Harrison Ford? What will they do? Take out each others' false teeth and gum it?
Really, a franchise? Seems just to be a way to sell my kids Deckard lunchboxes and Gaff origami kits.
I'm still looking for my "Three Stooges" lunchbox. . . .
If you want to do some good SciFi, bring Firefly back. That was an amazingly well done show. Kudos to Josh W!!!
Any excuse for a well done (provided it IS well done) science fiction movie is a good excuse.
See no reason for it. Saw it as a movie, not a series. Sorry. Drop this idea and maybe think outside the "box" for once.
Other folks here already said it (separately): this is pure greed and a show of total lack of creative thinking.Think about this: even the 3D effects could not build a cult following for the Tron sequel as much as the original did. I dare say that even the Star Wars prequels now live in obscurity despite a noble effort by the producers and directors. They simply couldn't touch the originality, darkness and suspense of the original, especially The Empire Strikes Back episode.
There are so many components to the original Blade Runner that just won't ring tru if re-done: the atmosphere create by Ridley Scott, the brilliant music by Vangelis, the superb approach to a very difficult subject by the actors Rutger Hauer, Harrison Ford, Sean Yong, even Daryl Hannah.
This is s sacred piece of movie history that should never be touched!
Yeah Blade Runner meets the Jetsons.! Please just move onto something else and leave well enough alone.
NO!!! Leave it alone! I am sick of Hollywood re-making classic movies! They ruin them!!!!
Yes, if they are only going to do sequels and prequels (instead of this horrendous spate of "remakes"), and they keep true to the original spirit and quality of the original.
Seriously, Harrison Ford is not going to do this. But, there are many good actors out there who could reprise the roles.
loved that movie, leave it alone, guess nobody in boringwood can come up with a new idea.......now cowboys and aliens......thats new!!!!!!!!!!
I'm tired of prequels. Seems when they get a good movie, they're afraid to advance the concepts to make one showing what happened "after". It's universe only "advances" in the past. Maybe it's too expensive or they don't know how to represent it properly? A slicker "future" movie would definitely cost more to do. Scifi needs to evolve, just as man is.
Thankfully, the rights to remake the original are not up for sale, so people need to calm down as the original is untouchable (for now). What's unfortunate is the overall track record of the production company negotiating the prequel and sequel rights. Alcon is the fine production company that brought us such classics as "Dude, Where's My Car" and "Chasing Liberty".
I guess nothing is sacred
Sean Young is still alive?
Let Blade Runner stand on its own!
the only reason for this slew of prequels, sequels and remakes is a lack of creative imagination - but what else can one expect from this attention deficient, blip-vert culture.
"I have seen things you would not believe....seabees flickering in the dark....attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion...."
As much as I would like to see what Roy meant when he said that ....I think it's best if you just leave it be....it's perfection just leave it alone.
NO way. No one can play the role of Roy like Rutger Hauer!
Leave the orignal to stand alone and try being creative by doing something new and exciting.
Bring Sean Young! She rocks!!! Harrison Ford can be a great to be in this film under different role.
I think a prequel would be good only if Ridley Scott produced and directed it; only if he stayed with that same dark and eerie sounding format; only if he leaves super-heroes completely out of it; and only if he expands on the Replicant's former experiences in the universe. Like the Replicant said just prior to shutting down for good, "the things I've seen...".
I'd like to see some of the things he's seen.
Studios don't care about messing up classics. They care about making money. The End.
BTW, Blade Runner (my favorite movie) has shown its staying power. A forgettable prequel or sequel will not tarnish the original. Blade Runner was built to last.
Just another example in a long list of examples to show that Hollywood is being lazy and unoriginal. They can't think of their own ideas nowadays.
And as long as we keep rewarding Hollywood by going to see their remakes, they'll keep right on doing it. The movie-going public should start voting more wisely with its pocketbook.
Yea like G.I Joe,A-TEAM, Transformers.....just mindless action remakes of the 80's era.
What next, new MAD MAX?
Too late. Mad Max 4: Fury Road is in Pre-Production in New South Wales..without Mel Gibson of course. Bummer.
Here's an idea...come up with something original and interesting. Leave the classics alone.
STOP SCREWING UP OLD CLASSIC MOVIES HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come up with a single ORIGINAL idea and I'll go see your movie. A SINGLE ORIGINAL IDEA. ONE.
This remake after remake after remake garbage has gone on long enough.
When I get to the movies, you know I'd like to see something more romantic, you know. Like 'An Officer and a Gentleman' or something. Something you can take the wife to you know what I mean?
For the love of God, leave this one be.
What a stupid question! Remakes are all they know to do now! They've completely forgotten the craft of original movie making.
The enduring mystique of the film, whether on purpose or not, is that there is a lot left up to the imagination of the viewer. Quite frankly, American cinema today lacks any form of subtlety: it's all crass, emotionless action. I really don't want to see Blade Runner recast in the footsteps of the presented crop of empty-headed action tripe.
Just let the movie stand on it's own.
Only if they release it in both Beta and VHS formats.
Hahaha, that was appropriate!!
And Laser Disc. Gotta have that high quality for the quadraphonic surround sound to sound good.
Do producers dream of excessive profits...
Sorry Phaedrus but PKD is no longer in this realm.
Just goes to show that originality in Hollywood is dead.
As long as they see a cash cow they'll just whip out the stool and bucket to milk it to death.
No, no, no... That movie is nearly perfect... Please, just leave it be. It is a work of art.
Only if Ridley Scot is at the helm again, with Phillip K. Dick consulting on it. It's the only path to getting anything remotely of a similar quality as the original.
If they're going to do it, then DO it the right way!
Umm......sorry dude. Dick is dead. :(
whoever said consult pkd...he has been dead...!!!! also i agree no anything! man in the high tower all the way!!
Okay, but only if Justin Beiber is cast as Deckard and Lady Gaga as a replicant.
Lady Gaga IS a replicant. Sheesh. Why doesn't anyone get that?
Why does it have to be a sequel or prequel? I would be up for a different story in the Blade Runner universe. Keep the tone but introduce different characters and stories.
Err... I'm not so sure about this... it would really have to be done well and not just to sell to the largest audience, which unfortunately is probably the only reason for creating prequels and sequels. in short this sounds more like a studio/producer's idea than an artist with some vision. So please don't bother.
Err.. tread lightly. I'd rather a prequel – maybe something to touch on the completely untouched parts of the book like the 2 religions that were competing, the artificial animal collection crews. Or maybe some focus on the Replicants.
Want to make us happy? Want to make an edgy futuristic movie that makes us think?
TRANSMETROPOLITAN. Make it a series like Wild Palms. Be sure to give it to Ridley Scott.
Only if it's done right.
I think sometimes people sound like old farts... Think of the opportunity a new direction has for this story, the technology out now... Bladerunner is a Cult hit and will stay that way forever... updating a movie like this wouldn't be that bad if done right... Prequel or sequel wouldn't do anything to the original, I don't think the Star Wars prequels changed my views on the original ones... Why not see where they can take it, if it sucks we won't watch, if it's good, awesome!
Star Wars is a much more linear story. You could do a hundred prequels. Luke's great great great grandpappy's battle with the mutant zombie androids. If they make one they'll surely foul it up, but I'd like to see it center on Roy Batty. He's done...questionable things.
I want to see C-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhauser Gate.
"TIME TO DIE"
Good Lord... It's come to this? Please, please, do not.
Unnecessary. Please don't.
As much as I love Blade Runner, I can't really think of anything a sequel or prequel would add to the "franchise" (one off movies are franchises now?) and I can think of a thousand ways a sequel or prequel would wreck the original film. There are some stories that just don't need every possible plot thread and back story explored. Sometimes it's OK to leave a little ambiguity and unexplained elements and sometimes it even makes the films better. There was a time when fans wondered what happened off screen during, before, and after movies and that feeling was part of the experience. Now you just buy/watch/play the book/comic/prequel/sequel/spin-off/TV series/video game. There's no interpretation left in film. No one debates movies anymore because there's nothing left to discuss. Everything's spelled out for you in one medium or another.
Absolutely agree. There was an excellent Brit Crime-SciFi called 'Life on mars' I watched it avidly, and was excited when an American remake came out. The director? producer? felt the need to explain absolutely each and every nuance that had been hinted at in the original. The acting wasn't horrible, but the thing was completely killed by utter story-telling incompetence. If you assume your audience are complete idiots, only idiots will watch your drivel.
Why does everything either have to be a re-make or a sequel now a days? Don't get me wrong, there have been some good sequels but those are few and far between. However, I will be interested to see where this goes as I have enjoyed all inarnations of the film.
All the creativity that ever was has been used up.
Then they'll be making "Bladerunner versus Predator" movies.
Here it comes! The smell of money is in the air.
No. Dear dog, no. Let "Blade Runner" stand as the classic it is. Meanwhile, there are two films coming soon based on the works of Philip K. Dick: "The Adjustment Bureau" and the long-delayed "Radio Free Albemuth". What I'
d love to see, though, is a faithful adaptation of "The Man In The High Tower."
Yes! The Man In The High Tower would be brilliant to see (done right) on the big screen. Honestly don't know how anyone could possibly improve or even just match the original Bladerunner. The pre-CGI effects in that movie surpass pretty much everything current in realism and atmosphere. Foolish idea.
This is terrible. I'm sure they'll make a mess of it.
Doesn't anyone here actually READ Philip K. Dick? It's "The Man in the High CASTLE", for cryin' out loud, not "The Man in the High Tower". Sheeeesh! (walks away shaing his head)
Just dont touch the original movie which was insanely good. in the sequels and prequels dont try to OUTDUE the original movie as u will most likely fail badly as ive seen nothing like the original since the original so no one exists today to equal its greatness
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