Blade Runner Rights-Holders Talk Upcoming Plans
You might have already read about the Blade Runner/Alcon news. To recap, Alcon Entertainment just picked up the rights to create stories set in the Blade Runner universe, using elements of both the 1982 sci-fi classic directed by Ridley Scott and the Philip K. Dick short story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on which the movie is based. They won’t be allowed to remake it (thanks be!!) but sequels/prequels are totally fair game.
“The Blade Runner lore is pretty irresistible,” Alcon co-founder Andrew Kosove told the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview. “And the extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh.”
Which is roughly the same argument we got for TRON Legacy, a 2010 blockbuster that failed to live up to the mammoth levels of hype set for it. Alcon seems to get this: Kosove said, “The risk is not just getting a movie made but coming up with a story that really justifies coming back one to one of the great science-fiction stories.” It’s just talk though, until there’s a movie for us to watch.
Kosove added, “A lot of filmmakers have borrowed from Blade Runner in the intervening years, and we want to make sure we don’t look like we’re borrowing from the movies that borrowed from it. Coming up with something original on our part is a real threshold issue.”
No one from Alcon has spoken to Scott yet about the possibilities, but Kosove stated outright the having him come back to direct “is something we think would be wonderful.”