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Is a sequel (or prequel) to Blade Runner coming our way?

03.02.2011

Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind THE BLIND SIDE and THE BOOK OF ELI, has acquired the sequel and prequel rights to Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi film BLADE RUNNER from original producer Bud Yorkin. The deal, which is in the final stage of negotiations, would give Alcon film, television and ancillary franchise rights to the property though the deal would exclude the rights to remake BLADE RUNNER (but would allow films to be developed that spinoff ideas and concepts from Scott's film).

Warner Bros. would distribute any films borne from the deal though at this time, there is no project in active development.

Said Alcon CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of the deal: “We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us. 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 only.”

Ridley Scott was recently talking up ideas on a new take on BLADE RUNNER and it's unclear whether he will have any involvement (whether it be large or small) in a new project. Back in 2008, EAGLE EYE writer Travis Wright announced he was working on a spec version of a BLADE RUNNER sequel but it's highly likely that Alcon and Warner Bros. will start from scratch.

So this is sure to be a controversial decision should they move forward with the film. What do you think about expanding the world of BLADE RUNNER? What makes you excited and/or what are your concerns?

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:55PM on 03/03/2011

Another pathetic cash grab.

Sounds to me they're gonna do the only thing Hollywood is able to do these days. Grab up a franchise, then try to shove a story into it instead of having a great story idea, then approaching the franchise owner for the rights to add to the original story.
Sounds to me they're gonna do the only thing Hollywood is able to do these days. Grab up a franchise, then try to shove a story into it instead of having a great story idea, then approaching the franchise owner for the rights to add to the original story.
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8:19PM on 03/03/2011

I have one thing to say....

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3:15PM on 03/03/2011
As long as they donīt remake Blade Runner itself, Iīm game for sequels or prequels.. Itīs an amazing universe and even if they donīt pull it off, thereīs still the original.
As long as they donīt remake Blade Runner itself, Iīm game for sequels or prequels.. Itīs an amazing universe and even if they donīt pull it off, thereīs still the original.
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2:48PM on 03/03/2011
I hate how everyone is bashing this idea because it "won't live up to the original". Of course it won't, the first one was genius and near-perfect. But that doesn't mean a sequel wouldn't be good or entertaining. As long as they don't make it into just another cheesy action movie, I would much rather see a Blade Runner sequel than 90% of the other movies out these days.
I hate how everyone is bashing this idea because it "won't live up to the original". Of course it won't, the first one was genius and near-perfect. But that doesn't mean a sequel wouldn't be good or entertaining. As long as they don't make it into just another cheesy action movie, I would much rather see a Blade Runner sequel than 90% of the other movies out these days.
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8:15AM on 03/03/2011

"Franchise"????

I hate that they called this one, great, stand alone movie a "franchise"...it isn't. It needs no appending.

In fact, the director himself completely FUCKED this up by releasing the "Director's Cut", an unwatchable abortion of the original theatrical release. Now, if "Blade Runner" is ever on a movie channel, it is invariably this shitty director's cut.

Last thing we need is another way to ruin this movie.
I hate that they called this one, great, stand alone movie a "franchise"...it isn't. It needs no appending.

In fact, the director himself completely FUCKED this up by releasing the "Director's Cut", an unwatchable abortion of the original theatrical release. Now, if "Blade Runner" is ever on a movie channel, it is invariably this shitty director's cut.

Last thing we need is another way to ruin this movie.
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9:42AM on 03/03/2011
WOW! Unwatchable Directors Cut?
The original theatrical release with the narration from Ford is an abomination. The narration was tacked on last minute and completely renders the Vangelis soundtrack inert in most places. The directors cut is a Masterpiece. The theatrical is not even worth watching to me.
WOW! Unwatchable Directors Cut?
The original theatrical release with the narration from Ford is an abomination. The narration was tacked on last minute and completely renders the Vangelis soundtrack inert in most places. The directors cut is a Masterpiece. The theatrical is not even worth watching to me.
1:25PM on 03/03/2011
Yeah, Harrison made comments once that he deliberately did the voice over in a shitty manner in hopes they wouldn't use it.

The Final Cut is the only way to go.

Though the workprint is interesting too.
Yeah, Harrison made comments once that he deliberately did the voice over in a shitty manner in hopes they wouldn't use it.

The Final Cut is the only way to go.

Though the workprint is interesting too.
8:00AM on 03/03/2011
This will not end well.
This will not end well.
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7:51AM on 03/03/2011
This is one of he worse ideas I've heard lately regarding an older property. If somebody wanted to remake the damn thing, I wouldn't be happy, but at least they wouldn't be passing it off as the same universe as Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer populated. Blade Runner is a fairly interpretive movie, and any further movies could mess with the ambiguity inherent therein. And that's part of what I like about it, the questions that aren't answered (the allegation Deckard is a replicant isn't ever
This is one of he worse ideas I've heard lately regarding an older property. If somebody wanted to remake the damn thing, I wouldn't be happy, but at least they wouldn't be passing it off as the same universe as Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer populated. Blade Runner is a fairly interpretive movie, and any further movies could mess with the ambiguity inherent therein. And that's part of what I like about it, the questions that aren't answered (the allegation Deckard is a replicant isn't ever made clear).
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5:13AM on 03/03/2011
If there is no way around a BR-movie get Duncan Jones!
If there is no way around a BR-movie get Duncan Jones!
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4:33AM on 03/03/2011
If it's a sequel and not a pointless prequel, I could be interested. But it would need to be the right cast and crew. No hot up and coming actors that look like all the same (really, am I getting so old that the blondes literally all look the same now?) Not Zach Snyder or a flashy director who is style over substance. I'm just grateful it's not a remake. A sequel can be, though I seriously doubt that it would be, a good thing.
If it's a sequel and not a pointless prequel, I could be interested. But it would need to be the right cast and crew. No hot up and coming actors that look like all the same (really, am I getting so old that the blondes literally all look the same now?) Not Zach Snyder or a flashy director who is style over substance. I'm just grateful it's not a remake. A sequel can be, though I seriously doubt that it would be, a good thing.
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4:10AM on 03/03/2011
Hollywood, stop raping the 80s and get some ideas of your own!!
Hollywood, stop raping the 80s and get some ideas of your own!!
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3:03AM on 03/03/2011
I doubt this will ever happen and if it does, it will never compare, even if Scott himself directed it.
I doubt this will ever happen and if it does, it will never compare, even if Scott himself directed it.
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12:11AM on 03/03/2011
Even though those Blade Runner novels that came out a few years back were pretty neat and fun, we all know that the story ended when those elevator doors closed. After all, replicants don't last very long...
Even though those Blade Runner novels that came out a few years back were pretty neat and fun, we all know that the story ended when those elevator doors closed. After all, replicants don't last very long...
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8:17AM on 03/03/2011
NO NO NO! That was the shitty director's cut.

The REAL movie ended with Decker and Rachel flying away in their car, and Decker's voice-over explaining about her special "termination date"...
NO NO NO! That was the shitty director's cut.

The REAL movie ended with Decker and Rachel flying away in their car, and Decker's voice-over explaining about her special "termination date"...
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12:07AM on 03/03/2011
The chances of any sequels, prequels, or spin-offs living up to the original are about .01%.
The chances of any sequels, prequels, or spin-offs living up to the original are about .01%.
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12:00AM on 03/03/2011
Eh. 2010, was kinda okay. Not the mindblowing event that was 2001. But as just a movie, it was okay.

But this, I'm nervous. Please don't produce a crap Direct to DVD Bladerunner.
Eh. 2010, was kinda okay. Not the mindblowing event that was 2001. But as just a movie, it was okay.

But this, I'm nervous. Please don't produce a crap Direct to DVD Bladerunner.
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1:22PM on 03/03/2011
Have you watched 2010 lately? ;)
Have you watched 2010 lately? ;)
11:46PM on 03/02/2011

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11:43PM on 03/02/2011

Deeply Stinky

This sounds about as brilliant as producing a sequel to 2001 did, and we all know how that turned out.

I'm not necessarily opposed to doing another Phillip K. Dick story set in Ridley Scott's visual setting of the Blade Runner universe.

But a direct sequel or prequel to Blade Runner would smell like no other bomb has before.
This sounds about as brilliant as producing a sequel to 2001 did, and we all know how that turned out.

I'm not necessarily opposed to doing another Phillip K. Dick story set in Ridley Scott's visual setting of the Blade Runner universe.

But a direct sequel or prequel to Blade Runner would smell like no other bomb has before.
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11:41PM on 03/02/2011
Blade Runner is my favorite film and I think it's a terrible idea to have any kind of sequel, prequel, etc. because it would be try too hard to match the original and it would fail miserably. Now, an animated movie like the Antimatrix would be great.
Blade Runner is my favorite film and I think it's a terrible idea to have any kind of sequel, prequel, etc. because it would be try too hard to match the original and it would fail miserably. Now, an animated movie like the Antimatrix would be great.
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10:47PM on 03/02/2011
Terrible, terrible idea. Blade Runner is in my top 5 favorite science fiction movies ever made. I just don't see any other film related to it working. ESPECIALLY a sequel. The ambiguous ending is perfect.

The ending to the Theatrical Cut didn't work, did it? A sequel would do the same thing.
Terrible, terrible idea. Blade Runner is in my top 5 favorite science fiction movies ever made. I just don't see any other film related to it working. ESPECIALLY a sequel. The ambiguous ending is perfect.

The ending to the Theatrical Cut didn't work, did it? A sequel would do the same thing.
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10:31PM on 03/02/2011
It says a lot about Hollywood when word of a Blade Runner sequel/prequel is good news simply because it means they're not remaking it.
It says a lot about Hollywood when word of a Blade Runner sequel/prequel is good news simply because it means they're not remaking it.
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9:55PM on 03/02/2011
I'm more partial to a prequel than the sequel. That being said, I'll just wait and see if (1) any of these ideas come to fruition, and (2) if the final product holds any promise to earn my $11 (or whatever the price of a theater ticket will be by the time the final product is released). If the final product is a heaping pile of crap, I'll just hold on to my money and go about my day.
I'm more partial to a prequel than the sequel. That being said, I'll just wait and see if (1) any of these ideas come to fruition, and (2) if the final product holds any promise to earn my $11 (or whatever the price of a theater ticket will be by the time the final product is released). If the final product is a heaping pile of crap, I'll just hold on to my money and go about my day.
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8:35PM on 03/02/2011
..the novelization of the continuation of the BLADERUNNER mythos "THE EDGE OF HUMAN" was really cool...
..the novelization of the continuation of the BLADERUNNER mythos "THE EDGE OF HUMAN" was really cool...
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8:31PM on 03/02/2011
Could go either way for me. The original is one of my all time favorites, but the fact that they are NOT allowed to remake or reimagine makes me curious as to what they WILL do with the rights.
Could go either way for me. The original is one of my all time favorites, but the fact that they are NOT allowed to remake or reimagine makes me curious as to what they WILL do with the rights.
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8:15PM on 03/02/2011

"Long-term plans for the franchise"?

Why does it have to become a franchise? It's really disappointing that there is no longer any consideration or appreciation of a finite story.

I may sound like a grizzled old man in saying this, but classic resurrection, pre-mature reboots/remakes, and franchise exhaustion is nothing more than crystal clear admission of laziness and lack of imagination.

I wish they would consider remaking/franchising shitty old films if they really feel the need to alter or perfect history. I would
Why does it have to become a franchise? It's really disappointing that there is no longer any consideration or appreciation of a finite story.

I may sound like a grizzled old man in saying this, but classic resurrection, pre-mature reboots/remakes, and franchise exhaustion is nothing more than crystal clear admission of laziness and lack of imagination.

I wish they would consider remaking/franchising shitty old films if they really feel the need to alter or perfect history. I would actually pay to see remakes or sequels to crappy B-movies. But the way things are just saddens me.
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8:06PM on 03/02/2011
Blade Runner is a classic.

They wouldn't put enough care in the prequel and/or sequel for it to be good like Ridley's film.
Blade Runner is a classic.

They wouldn't put enough care in the prequel and/or sequel for it to be good like Ridley's film.
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7:58PM on 03/02/2011
I dig it,as long as they get Bowie junior, him of Moon, who seemed to have some stories to tell in that universe. Or somebody else of the best possible calibre.
I dig it,as long as they get Bowie junior, him of Moon, who seemed to have some stories to tell in that universe. Or somebody else of the best possible calibre.
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7:58PM on 03/02/2011
God, just leave it. I highly doubt they'll take the time or the care to develop the world again as they did for Ridley's first film.

They could explore Roy Batty's time "off-world" but I can't see much potential in a prequel or sequel.
God, just leave it. I highly doubt they'll take the time or the care to develop the world again as they did for Ridley's first film.

They could explore Roy Batty's time "off-world" but I can't see much potential in a prequel or sequel.
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7:49PM on 03/02/2011
Who gives a rat's ass about a Blade Runner sequel/prequel. Details have emerged about the plot to The Dark Knight Rises. Click here - [link]
Who gives a rat's ass about a Blade Runner sequel/prequel. Details have emerged about the plot to The Dark Knight Rises. Click here - [link]
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