Alcon Entertainment Acquires 'Blade Runner' Prequel/Sequel Rights
by Alex Billington
March 2, 2011
More news to get riled up over. Alcon Entertainment released a press release (via Deadline) announcing that they're in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights (meaning any other spin-offs/series and so on) to produce prequels and sequels to Ridley Scott's iconic science fiction thriller Blade Runner. I guess the good news in this is that the deal excludes rights to remake the original. Phew! However, they can produce projects based on "situations introduced" in the original film. No official movies have been announced yet, but I'm sure they've got some plans for plenty of Blade Runner-related projects.
Before we get into any complaining, let's hear what the producers have to say. Alcon Ent. CEO's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove state: "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." So not just TV, movies or video games - all three! Blade Runner was released in 1982 and has been treated fairly well by Warner Bros, including a fantastic Blu-Ray re-release a few years back. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1993 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Let's look on the bright side here, they're not remaking Blade Runner, they're only using it as a jumping off point for sequels, prequels and whatever else they can think of, probably video games and more. Obviously the big concern here is whether they can actually develop a sequel (or prequel) that kicks ass and lives up to the original, unlike Terminator Salvation or any of the other 80's sci-fi movies rehashed into crappy direct-to-DVD sequels. Alcon will be developing the projects, and Warner Bros will distributie anything that needs it. We'll continue to follow development and will let you know when they announce any movies. Thoughts?