Blade Runner follow-ups are on the way

“We have long-term goals for the franchise”

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Blade Runner is a milestone in science-fiction filmmaking. We all know that. But sadly even it isn’t safe from a Hollywood still suffering from a severe and lingering case of sequelitis.

Almost 30 years after Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece made its cinematic bow, the WB’s Alcon Entertainment division are in the final stages of acquiring the film and TV rights to Blade Runner.

If they successfully close the deal, they’d have the power to create as many sequels, prequels, TV shows or ‘ancillary’ products as they see fit. Though, happily, their deal means they’re not allowed to remake the original.

Alcon co-founders/co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said this in a statement:

“We are honoured and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favourite film for both of us.

“We recognise 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.”

It’s probably about time now to realise that absolutely nothing in Hollywood is sacred anymore. What next, a follow-up to Casablanca? Best not give them ideas, eh?

Run for your lives? Think Hollywood's finally gone stark raving mad? Or looking forward to a sequel? Tell us how you feel below...


    • Hadouken76

      Mar 3rd 2011, 10:07

      Ironically the CEO's statement sounds like the sort of thing that would come out of a souless replicant... hidden agenda ,mayhaps?

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    • ilikecake

      Mar 3rd 2011, 13:44

      Erm...hate to say this but this isn't the first time Blade runner sequels have been created. There are 3 official books and in 1997 a 'parallel' game was produced which was apparently pretty good. Obviously none of them touch the original but, you know, they're out there.

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    • cognitivedefeat

      Mar 3rd 2011, 15:09

      It's guaranteed that it's going to be terrible. How long more do these studios plan to ride off the successful names of good movies from the past? For an industry that's supposed to be "creative" they seem terrified of investing in new and exciting ideas. Instead they opt to ruin past innovations by making half-arsed, CGI heavy, emotionally detached remakes or sequels. Sure it sells cinema tickets but most people seem to end up disappointed with the product. The film business should be about selling entertainment, not making money based on the expectation of entertainment and spectacularly failing to deliver. Please leave the classics alone and focus on making some new classics! /Rant.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 3rd 2011, 19:47

      This calls for a Jean Luc Picard facepalm.

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    • Ichi1

      Mar 3rd 2011, 20:33

      They can't bring back Ford to play Deckard. This will be filmed some 30 years later and replicants don't age.

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    • MadMatt

      Mar 4th 2011, 0:01

      No. Just... no!

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 4th 2011, 1:22

      nah this definatley one for Rage Guy... producers want 2 sequels?? >:( FUUUUUU!!!!!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Mar 4th 2011, 9:19

      Since when was Blade Runner a franchise?

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    • AGD2112

      Mar 4th 2011, 16:53

      There are endless possibilities, hence the number of follow-on books , but where would they find a writer or director that could do it justice? Producer: Ridley Scott; Writer / Director: Chris Nolan Anyone?!?

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    • easyoneoone

      Mar 4th 2011, 21:27

      All we need now is the announcement that McG is on board to direct all 3 prequels

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    • kenshin24

      Mar 9th 2011, 6:23

      Hi. Enthusiasts of the 1982 science-fiction film classic Bladerunner might have reason to scream in abject horror, states SlashFilm. Alcon Entertainment is attempting to iron out a deal with Warner Bros. for rights to make the movie a franchise. Critics and supporters are none too please at this revolting Hollywood development.

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