Is Nothing Sacred? ‘Blade Runner’ Spinoff Rights Being Negotiated

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Keeping with the complaint that nothing new is coming out of Hollywood, Alcon Entertainment is trying to bring back the Blade Runner property. The company, who produced The Blind Side, is trying to buy the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to the classic science fiction film. It’s not just prequels and sequels they’re interested in: It’s far worse.

“This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us,” co-heads Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Other “mediums”? So like web series, Saturday morning cartoons and quickly produced, cheaply made TV miniseries? Seriously?

While some of the cuts of the film have left the ending ambiguous, I think there is finality in Ridley Scott’s vision that doesn’t need to be messed with. Blade Runner was never intended to expand into a complete universe. Even Scott, in an interview with Wired, agreed saying, “Somebody had written very simplistically that one of the fascinating things about the film was that it was incomplete. That’s absolute horses—-. The film was very specifically designed and is totally complete, with great decisions. A lot of decisions made in that film.”

It just seems like some moneymaking scheme to latch on a well-known property that’ll sell no matter what, and I fear we’ll see another Indiana Jones fiasco. The actors from the original movie have aged, and Scott is focusing on the Alien sequel brand new movie Prometheus. I think it’s best we let them pursue other projects. (Not that I think you’re too old, Harrison Ford. You were my first crush, and I still love you.)

If the people behind Alcon Entertainment really are fans of the movie as much as they say they are, they would leave it alone. There are plenty of other Philip K. Dick stories or other sci-fi novels to adapt. Why not try their hand at a different property that hasn’t been made into a movie or draw bits and pieces to create something new instead of spending the effort to buy the rights to this one?

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