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Thumbs up Blade Runner: Prequel/Sequels - March 3, 2011, 12:01 AM

Yes folks, RidleyScott's masterpiece is getting the spin off treatment. Alcon entertainment have acquired the rights and may begin shovelling out little replicant movies very soon indeed..
Here is the press release in full..

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 3, 2011—Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”) co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, in the most significant property acquisition negotiations in the Company’s 13-year history, are in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner.”

Alcon is negotiating to secure the rights from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on “Blade Runner” along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

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.

Johnson and Kosove stated: “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.”

Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by countless polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, "Blade Runner" 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." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

Alcon’s COO Scott Parish and head of business affairs David Fierson are negotiating on behalf of the Company.




so let me ask you..... Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


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March 3, 2011, 05:51 AM

Awesome..I know there was a huge debate about the rights of the film for many years...I still kick in that movie and watch it from time to time..like he said in the article...I hope they do it right...


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Well at least they cant remake the original


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March 3, 2011, 08:03 AM

true, Im down for a prequel.... showing the war that John Voit character was talking about.





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March 3, 2011, 07:44 PM

Alcon/WB Want Christopher Nolan For Their Blade Runner Spin Offs

We have an update on yesterday's news that Alcon Entertainment(a WB subsidiary) has bought the rights to Blade Runner. Apparently Chris Nolan is in the studio's sights to direct when ans IF any movies even happen..
I have to say, I got a bit of a scare when I thought that a Blade Runner reboot was going to be forced upon us. But it turns out thing aren't quite so bad, and potentially good! Original producer and rights holder Bud Yorkin wouldn't sell the rights for a remake of Ridley Scott's classic, only the rights to make spin offs. So that means sequels and or prequels.

In an interview with io9, the gents that purchased the rights Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove name check ChristopherNolan as the man they would like to see bring their new vision of Philip K Dick's story to life..


“Our friend Chris Nolan who we did ‘Insomnia’ [with] would be in the pie in the sky for us. I think the methodology that Chris Nolan brought to ‘Batman’ is precisely what we aspire to whomever the filmmaker is, whether Ridley comes back and joins us or it’s someone else. It’s precisely what we aspire to with ‘Blade Runner,’ that’s the template for us.”
But, before any of us get too excited at the prospect of Nolan directing a Blade Runner movie, the duo also admit that these potential films may not even see the light of day..
“This may work, or it may not work. We may make this movie, but in truth it may never get made.”
There are probably many people that will be happy enough one way or the other! As for Nolan, no word on whether he is interested but after TDKR he is rumored to be going ahead with a Howard Hughes biopic so that might keep him away even if he did want to get involved.


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I would not like to see a Chris Nolan treatment. I've already seen enough of his vision. Inception, Batman, etc. It would be too slow, dark, and plotting.
I'd more like to see J.J. Abrams behind this one.

And if ever there were a series that would be perfect for an anime series, Blade Runner would be it.



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This is going to suck more than anything has sucked before.
I don’t know…It would take a monumental undertaking to top Batman & Robin, 2012, and Princess of Mars. I'm sure it could be done tho.
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