Alcon Entertainment announced they are in final discussions to secure the rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller "Blade Runner."
Alcon is trying to land the rights from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on the new project along with Alcon's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
"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," Johnson and Kosove said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
The original movie was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, who must track down and destroy four clones, called replicants. The movie, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," also starred Sean Young, Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah.
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Access' Scott "Movie" Mantz is weary of more "Blade."
"My heart sank when I read the news that sequels and prequels were going to be planned around this perennial sci-fi classic. Nothing needs to be done with 'Blade Runner.' Leave it alone! There's no way a sequel or a prequel will live up to the original, no matter how great today's special effects are. (And please, for the love of God, don't even think about going 3-D!)," Scott told AccessHollywood.com. "Of course, I could be wrong, and another chapter in the 'Blade Runner' saga might turn out to be pretty good. I didn't expect the new version of 'True Grit' to top the Duke's 1969 original, but it did."
Adding, "But moviegoers are much better off watching the 1982 classic. It stands the test of time. As Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty said during his last words, 'I've seen things that you people wouldn't believe.' Go back and watch the original, and see it for yourself!"
The original "Blade Runner" earned two Oscars in 1983 for Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects.
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