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WB’s Alcon in final negotiations for BLADE RUNNER rights; would allow for sequels and prequels

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
March 2nd, 2011

Word is out that Warner Bros.' own financing and production company Alcon Entertainment is in the final stages of securing "film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller BLADE RUNNER." An interesting pieces of news on its own - but even more significant is that this package specifically excludes rights to a remake of the film.

The rights package would allow Alcon to essentially franchise the film - an all-inclusive deal that could see films made "based on situations introduced in the original film." BLADE RUNNER itself was adapted from Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, so now we have the great fortune to be able to look forward to a prequel to a film based on original material - which means I need to start coming up with a snazzy name for such a project. A preq-daptation?

Originally released by Warner Bros. in 1982, the Harrison Ford-starring film was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, and was directed by Ridley Scott. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). It also routinely tops "best of" lists and was, in 2007, "was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society." To say the film is influential is like saying, well, it's like saying that something hugely, massively influential was just influential - it goes beyond words. It is required viewing for n

Let the preq-daptation speculation begin.

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