In a world where remakes are common place, fans of “Blade Runner” have feared the day that Hollywood would decided to chash in on such an epic tale.
Fans can now let out a sigh of relief as reports confirm there are no plans to remake Ridley Scott’s classic adventure and instead “Blade Runner” looks set to become a multi-format franchise.
The Warner Bros.-based production company Alcon Entertainment is apparently shopping for the rights to “Blade Runner” with an eye to develop and expand on the premise in order to create a whole series of properties that can go into production. Among their plans are prequel and sequel movies and potentially a television series and video games.
However, like the fans of the original movie, Alcon Entertainment have nothing but respect for the original and have stated that they aim to honor Philip K. Dick’s original novel and Scott’s vision. According to Empire Magazine, the rights for the movie are currently held by “Blade Runner” producer Bud Yorkin and if ink does hit the paper and Alcon Entertainment acquire the rights to the franchise the contract does not allow for a direct remake of Scott’s masterpiece.
“We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter. “We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium.”
The original “Blade Runner” was released into cinemas in 1982 but was considered a flop at the time, however with several updates and re-releases the movie has climbed its way into Hollywood’s hall of fame and is now commonly considered one of the best science-fiction movies ever released.