Add Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner to the Remake Chopping Block

Heat Vision reports that Alcon Entertainment, the folks behind the Sandra Bullock drama “The Blind Side”, is in final negotiations to acquire the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi film “Blade Runner” with an eye towards remaking it.

The man selling the rights is Bud Yorkin, a producer on the 1982 original, who will of course remain on the franchise as a token producer on the remake.

Apparently already aware of the fanboy fury this is going to cause, Alcon released a statement with the announcement, saying:

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. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multiplatform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium.

The original was based on the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, and starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a cop in futuristic Los Angeles hunting down six replicants, cloned humans bred to do dangerous work off-world, who have returned home. They are not, as it were, happy with their lot in life. Rutger Hauer played one of the replicants, the dangerous Roy Batty. Sean Young played a femme fatale who enters Deckard’s life.

How seminal was “Blade Runner”? Let’s put it this way: hardly a sci-fi movie gets made post-1982 that isn’t compared to what Scott did with “Runner”, and with justification. It was that ground-breaking in many ways.



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  • 0ptik

    I love how we are living in the future of old movies but they never got it right. This one is based in 2019, pretty closed.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    this is a movie that should not be remade

  • Moonsalt

    WHY DOES HOLLYWOOD HAVE TO MURDER ANYTHING THAT ONCE WAS GOOD

  • guest

    Hollywood STOP IT! Stop pillaging good films! Leave Blade Runner be. You devalue it’s purity with prequels and sequels. You’re going milk this to death.

  • Vineland

    Is nothing sacred?

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Why is everyone shocked? This has been on the remake list for a whiel, and as much as I like the original, if done right another adaptation of the Phillip K. Dick novel would be great. Not the Scott film but the source material.

    • Juggernaut

      I agree. Nothing is safe. However if they’re going to reboot it I hope that they atleast do it justice. Cast the right actors. I originally had Paget Brewster in the role of Rachael. Now she is too old though. My new picks are either Camilla Belle or Jordanna Brewster, depending on how young they decide to go. Not sure yet on Who’d play Rick Deckard or Roy Batty. Maybe Dianna Agron in the Pris role. Get a quality director to helm it (Duncan Jones or maybe Paul Greengrass) and a good screenplay adapted from the source material like you mentioned and VIOLA!!!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        From what i’m reading they’re either doing sequel or a prequel and not a reboot at all. Which in my opinion is a bad idea. but hey what do I know.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        From what i’m reading they’re either doing sequel or a prequel and not a reboot at all. Which in my opinion is a bad idea. but hey what do I know.

  • Anonymous

    stop it america.

  • THE BLADERUNNER

    This is my A number one favorite movie of all time..anyone askes me what my fav is I always say BLADERUNNER. Leave the heck alone you fools..do not touch the original..make a prequal,make a sequal if you must but DO NOT TOUCH THIS ONE.

  • Osiris Set

    This is what I have most feared and yet longed for, more bladerunner.
    I’d like to see a movie set in the bladerunner world but not at the expense of ruining the original film. Maybe a movie set at the same time as the original theme but having it’s own story and maybe referencing the other case currently ongoing (original case – harrison).
    Move the story to another city
    Keep the replicant types honest and not invent some rediculous types that transform into huge fighting machines, as has been done in much lesser movies.
    Remakes rarely do a film a compliment, prequels usually screw up somehow and sequels generally suck.
    If they do this, they better do it right. Build sets and not overly use Cgi like most things today. Take the starwars prequels for example, 80% cgi and it shows. You can’t beat real sets.
    Cast actors that can act and not just react.
    Wouldn’t mind seeing gary oldman and johnny depp onscreen together for this one, but meh!