Blade Runner was a box office dud when it was first released in theaters. Then again so were Terminator and Austin Powers, and their sequels broke box office records. Both of those films only become pop culture sensations on home video, and Ridley Scott’s classic Blade Runner is no different. At least, that’s what Alcon Entertainment is counting on: they’re in negotiations to buy the film, television and ancillary rights to Blade Runner, with the intention of producing sequels and, naturally, prequels. Remake rights would not be a part of the deal. That’s a relief. io9 had the story.
Alcon Entertainment’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, whose company produced such films as The Blind Side, The Book of Eli and, of course, the remake of The Wicker Man, had this to say about the acquisition:
"We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin [the producer of the original film]. 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."
Hmm… Sounds like a Blade Runner TV series is in development too. Blade Runner is a classic film based on a classic story by Philip K. Dick, and our expectations are unreasonably high for any new project in development. But the world crafted by Dick, and later by Ridley Scott, is a rich one full of storytelling possibilities. Maybe we’ll finally see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, or C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
Maybe, just maybe… those moments aren’t lost in time after all, like tears in rain.
Or maybe the whole thing will end up like the Wicker Man remake. Let’s hope not.
Crave Online will be back with more Blade Runner news as it questions the very nature of its existence.