Blade Runner Sequel/Prequel in Development
Ridley Scott’s science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner is being brought back to development with the final discussions in place to secure film, TV and supplementary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the 1982 thriller starring Harrison Ford.
Even though Alcon is still in the early stages of sorting out how to proceed with the development, which may or may not include Scott, from this vantage point, it looks like the production light is very green.
Alcon’s negotiating to secure the rights from producer Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on Blade Runner. The film also starred Rutger Hauer as leader of a group of escaped “replicants” — genetically engineered robots used for work on Earth’s off-world colonies – the robots hide out in a neo-noir version of 2019 Los Angeles where rainfall is constant. Ford’s character is a “blade runner,” a retired police operative who hunts down escaped replicants.
Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” It wasn’t a box office hit, but its prominence has grown.
Alcon’s best known for producing and financing The Blind Side. The company ventured into the science fiction last year with The Book of Eli, which grossed $157 million worldwide.