Blade Runner prequels/sequels in the works?

It’s been threatened for decades, but a new take on Blade Runner is looking more likely than ever before. Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment have announced they are in final negotiations to acquire the rights from the producer of the landmark 1982 sci-fi film.

Slashfilm give a solid breakdown of the press release, saying that if Alcon are successful, they will be able to “produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film”. However, the all-inclusive rights will “exclude rights to remake the original”.

There is certainly a rich universe in the Ridley Scott-directed Blade Runner that could populate numerous spin-offs. The final speech given by dying replicant Roy Batty offers a tantalising taste:

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those … moments will be lost in time, like tears…in rain.” 

But doesn’t the power – the perfection – of that final speech lie in the fact that our measly brains could never comprehend such beauty? The fact that these images are indeed “lost in time”? Do we really want a filmmaker to come along and show us what we previously could only (fail) to imagine?

Discuss: Well, do we?

2 Responses to “Blade Runner prequels/sequels in the works?”

  1. >Blade Runner is one of the all time great motion picture and probably the best sci-fi movie of all time. As a story it stands alone, it needs to embellishment. Any prequel/sequel runs the risk of diminishing the entire franchise in the same way that George Lucas "ruined" Star Wars.

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