You knew it was gonna happen eventually, right? Warner Brothers-based production company Alcon Entertainment has reportedly acquired the film and television rights “to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller Blade Runner.” The Ridley Scott classic is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and influenced virtually every sci-fi film to come after it. A sequel has never been produced, although Ridley Scott was apparently considering it at one point, and Travis Wright (Eagle Eye) also wrote a spec script for one a few years back. Back in 2009, it was also announced that a mysterious web series called Purefold was being set up at Ridley Scott’s production company as a possible Blade Runner prequel. So are these new projects connected and will Ridley Scott be involved in any way?
In an interview with the L.A. Times, Alcon co-founder Andrew Kosove explains that they haven’t met with Ridley Scott but that they’d love to get him involved. That may seem like a pretty obvious throwaway statement, but considering that Scott has recently been revisiting the Alien franchise, it’s possible that he would be open to going back to another one of his sci-fi masterpieces as well.
It’s still a bit unclear what form these sequels and prequels might take. The press release states that they are “exploring multi-platform concepts”, and there is some official source material to draw from, since K.W. Jeter wrote three authorized novels that continue the story back in the late ’90s. Screenwriter David Peoples has also said that he wrote the Kurt Russell film Soldier as a spin-off within the same universe as Blade Runner. At the very least, it seems that we won’t getting a straight up remake since Alcon’s deal only allows them to “produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film.”
Although I’m vaguely interested, I do find this news is a bit worrisome. I’d hate to see Blade Runner become what the Terminator franchise has turned into, nothing more than a brand changing hands between business people. Without a strong creative vision behind it, I suspect this will just end up being an absolute affront to fans. Are you interested in seeing more Blade Runner movies or should they just leave it alone?