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.