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Warners Wants Blade Runner Sequels
And prequels. And spin-offs...

03 March 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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In the blitz of remakes, reboots, prequels and sequels, a few films have stood sacred, with many of us convinced that Hollywood simply would. Not. Go. There. Well, it appears that one of those barriers has been well and smashed with Blind Side production company Alcon sending out a press release about buying up the rights to Blade Runner, announcing its intention to start work on prequels, sequels, spin-offs and a TV cartoon called Blade Runner Babies.

Okay, maybe not the last one, but Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosgrove, who run the Warner Bros.-based company, are busy negotiating with producer Bud Yorkin, the man who holds the key to Rick Deckard and co.

“We are honoured and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin,” they said in the statement picked up by Deadline. “This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favourite 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.”

Yes, lots of use of the “favourite film” language meant to stave off the rush of negative emotion coursing through most fans' bodies right now. Of course, they’ve produced nothing so far, and it’s too early to judge, so maybe they’ll come up with something that honours and respects Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic while opening the world up to a whole new audience and… Nope, not going to go that far just yet either. There’s one bright spark in all of this – the rights don’t include the option to remake the original film, so we’ll be spared that ‘net flame war at least.

For now.


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Posted by llppjk at 15:51 on 09 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: DisAster
L: Tech_Noir I think people think far too much of these two filmmakers (based off of one sci-fi they each made - neither of whcih were life changing). n the other hand, both of them were very focused on what is, and what is not, good about humanity, both had protagonists going through an 'internal process' by which they wondered about who and what they were, in relation to the job the were doing. NB made a film with a main character conditioned to see those he was evicting as lesser bei More

Posted by jobloffski at 23:31 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: DisAster
anyone remember Paul WS Anderson's SOLDIER? A 'Side-quel' to Blade Runner? Leave this fuckin' movie alone. ote]right] left]This is true. But as long it's not a sequel or prequel. It should be ok.right] right]  More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 21:24 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: DisAster
I think people think far too much of these two filmmakers (based off of one sci-fi they each made - neither of whcih were life changing). More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 21:24 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: DisAster
L: Tech_Noir L: pete_traynor If you must, you probably shouldn't… but if you must: l Blomkamparl Rinsch an Jonesould be a rather tantalising prospect in the hands of any of these directors. ave these two become the default elite sci-fi filmmakers these days? es. And also - if you want to see what a sequel to BR would look like - check out the tv series Total Recall 2070. It pretty much IS  a BR sequel. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 21:19 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: DisAster
L: pete_traynor If you must, you probably shouldn’t… but if you must: l Blomkamparl Rinsch an Jonesould be a rather tantalising prospect in the hands of any of these directors. ave these two become the default elite sci-fi filmmakers these days? More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 21:14 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

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]Am I the only person who is happy about this? As much as I love unnerer the series of books to the film.  This means I've already known there are sequels to unnerjust haven't been filmed.  To those saying "don't have Deckard in it!" given that Deckard is featured in the second book, I would be more concerned if they got someone to write a new story that didn't feature any of the characters from the sequel.  Just like with unnerey use the source material well, they could get More

Posted by mr_chainsaw at 21:10 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: DisAster
If you must, you probably shouldn’t… but if you must: 1) Neill Blomkamp 2) Carl Rinsch 3) Duncan Jones Could be a rather tantalising prospect in the hands of any of these directors. While I like Blade Runner a lot I don’t i] hold it in untouchable masterpiece esteem. For my money Alien is Scott’s true masterpiece… and look what happened when they made a sequel to that! It’s a long shot for sure but in the right hands this could just work… More

Posted by pete_traynor at 14:51 on 04 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Meh
have the star wars and terminator prequels taught us nothing?.......never go back! yes youll make a wad of cash but the FANS will truely hate you for it!.......just proves that the movies are no longer about story telling and are 100% about profilt!..........I could name a dozen books screaming out to be made into movies which would tell a story and make profit! More

Posted by remake_hater at 15:30 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Oh no
Not really in favour of them expanding the franchise seeing as how it is extremely unlikely they will do the original justice, but there is precedent. There are a bunch of sequels to Blade Runner in book form, and even a computer game that told a different story. No idea if they would actually use any of the material (and I've only read one of the books, ages ago myself) but it is there. What would people think if they got Duncan Jones to direct one? More

Posted by betamax at 15:13 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

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Begone foul peddlers of nonsense goods. As for the Blade Runner story ....... a thing of beauty should be left to be beautifull. In other words ........ LEAVE IT. More

Posted by Beno at 12:39 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: 'Multi platform concepts'?
L: brokenking That means I have to buy a bloody comic to get the full picture doesn't it? sp; Didn't work for the Matrix sequels, sure as hell didn't work for Southland Tales. Films should be self-contained and not require extra backstory elements in comic books, sorry 'graphic novels', or Animatrix-style spinoffs in order to make sense.   Also, Ridley Scott isn't infallible. On the assumption that he'd even be interested in returning to the Blade Runner universe, there's no More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 10:23 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

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L: hatebox L: jobloffski 1) The target audience for any sequels should be people who love Blade Runner for what it IS, and that is slow, contemplative, not really meant for impressing 'the kids' and there is no real room for a kick ass hero type at the forefront of any story that would either reflect Phillip K Dick's themes/obsessions or honour the film with the rep upon which any sequel/prequel/expansion would lean upon for funding/publicity/etc . (laughs) Yeah, I'm s More

Posted by jobloffski at 10:15 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jobloffski 1) The target audience for any sequels should be people who love Blade Runner for what it IS, and that is slow, contemplative, not really meant for impressing 'the kids' and there is no real room for a kick ass hero type at the forefront of any story that would either reflect Phillip K Dick's themes/obsessions or honour the film with the rep upon which any sequel/prequel/expansion would lean upon for funding/publicity/etc . (laughs) Yeah, I'm sure they'll go do More

Posted by hatebox at 09:45 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Franchise?
Fuck you Hollywood. Fuck you and your utter deficit of original ideas. That said, if it has to happen I beg you to leave the character of Deckard alone. Explore the rest of the film's universe and totally different characters from the first film. More

Posted by hatebox at 09:42 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

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The purist in me says no. But the fanboy in me says fuck, yeah. Bring it on, suits, but listen to me (or anybody who might say similar things) when I say 1) The target audience for any sequels should be people who love Blade Runner for what it IS, and that is slow, contemplative, not really meant for impressing 'the kids' and there is no real room for a kick ass hero type at the forefront of any story that would either reflect Phillip K Dick's themes/obsessions or honour the film More

Posted by jobloffski at 08:29 on 03 March 2011 | Report This Post

Alien vs Blade Runner?
Or maybe... Terminator vs Blade Runner? Arnie can do a tears in the rain speech. More

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