"It seems you feel our work is not a benefit to the public," Rachel tells Rick Deckard in the 1982 movie Blade Runner. Fans of the cult classic may be wondering the same about Warner Bros, who just announced their plans to make a prequel or sequel of Ridley Scott's film.
On Wednesday, Alcon Entertainment (a production outfit of Warner Bros) announced they're in the final stages of securing the rights to Blade Runner prequels, sequels, and "other projects." This doesn't include the ability to remake the original, thank god, but it certainly opens doors to producing all sorts of projects based on the Blade Runner universe.
Chances are, if you're a fan of the movie, you've got an opinion about this development.
Personally, I'm conflicted. Blade Runner is, hands down, one of my very favorite movies of all time, and I would absolutely hate to see it turn into a low-quality franchise. Hollywood has such a boner for ruining a good story in the name of profits, and having recently watched the Predator prequel, I know just how badly they can screw up a well-loved sci-fi flick.
(Robert Rodriguez? FOR SHAME, SIR.)
On the other hand, with the right execution ... well, the world of Blade Runner would be a wonderful place to revisit, and with the sorts of movie-magic tools available nowadays, it could be even more of a visual delight than before.
Basically, my wishy-washy opinion is this: please, for the love of art—do it right, or don't do it at all.
Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove have issued a statement that initially offers hope for fans:
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.
Unfortunately, they immediately followed up by letting us know they're thinking outside the big screen box:
We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.
Here come the Blade Runner games, cartoons, websites, and ... oh, god, TV shows? NOOOOOOOOOOO.
What's your take on the possibility of some sort of Blade Runner spinoff? A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure? Or will it make the original movie lost in time, like tears in the rain?
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