Warner Bros Acquired Blade Runner Prequels and Sequels Rights
Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner? Man, I love that movie! There’s something in all those genetically engineered organic robots that you must like.
Not to mention great Harrison Ford a.k.a police officer Rick Deckard! Back then, in 1982, we all thought that 2019 will bring us robots instead of humans, and, despite the box office failure of the film, it has become a cult classic. So we’re now talking about Blade Runner – one of the best movies ever made.
And here’s the big news! Alcon Entertainment, the production company announced Wednesday that it is closing in on the rights to the 1982 cult sci-fi movie, Blade Runner. So, it’s official.
Alcon’s franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film. The project would be distributed domestically by Warner Bros International rights are yet to be determined.
What does this mean? No remake – simple as that. But as you see – there will be projects based on the original movie, so expect to see prequels and sequels.
“This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us,” Alcon co-heads Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement.
“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 multiplatform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium.”
And now, some facts about the original movie. It was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien.
The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction). Blade Runner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
I guess that’s enough of the facts for the future projects. As usual, we’ll keep an eye on this, so make sure you stay tuned for more updates!