Alcon getting rights to make 'Blade Runner' sequels, prequels
In the worst news we've heard since Snooki's slippers were made in my home state of Nebraska, production company Alcon Entertainment is acquiring the rights to make sequels and prequels based on 1982 sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. And you know if Harrison Ford made Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he'd sign on for that flaming wreck of an idea, too.
Deadline.com says CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosgrove are securing the property from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who also will co-produce with them on future projects: "We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us," Johnson and Kosgrove said in a statement. "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 multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only."
If they're such fans, they'd know to leave well-enough alone; sometimes one-offs are all the story you need. The only good news is that they won't have the rights to remake Ridley Scott's original, which already took three edits to get right. Remember, Alcon, introspection and existential quandaries good, narration bad.