Alcon Entertainment, the production company based at Warner Bros. who are behind movies such as The Blind Side and The Book of Eli, are in final discussions to secure film and television franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner.
According to the press release “Alcon’s franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film. The project would be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. International rights are yet to be determined.”
Blade Runner starred Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, and was based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. It is considered the greatest science-fiction film of all time by many, and currently sits at #117 on IMDB’s Top 250.
The film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically engineered organic robots called replicants—visually indistinguishable from adult humans—are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation. Their use on Earth is banned, and replicants are exclusively used for dangerous, menial or leisure work on Earth’s off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and “retired” by police special operatives known as “Blade Runners”.
The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the burnt out expert blade runner, Rick Deckard, who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.
No creative talent has been hired so far, but it will only be a matter of time before a screenwriter and/or director is brought on-board.