Blade Runner sequels
Well it looks like we're going to be treated to more films from the Blade Runner universe, and why not? It's a very rich universe that has only been explored in one film so far.
Right now Alcon Entertainment are in negotiations to acquire the rights to the film, television and franchise rights for Blade Runner, and if they get them, that means they could make direct sequels, prequels, they could even tackle a reboot, although they seem to understand how sacred the original is.
Speaking about the deal the two heads of Alcon Entertainment said:
"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."
That's their comment through The Hollywood Reporter, and it does sound positive. They aren't looking to touch the original and the suggestion is that they would be looking to make prequels and sequels to the film we've already seen, but if I were to read between the lines there I don't necessarily believe that they would be direct sequels.
I think we might see films about some of the past events talked about in the film or we'd follow a similar character to Rick Dekard chasing down other replicants in a similar universe, but would we see a film that picked up where Blade Runner left off, or built right up to the start? If they're that aware and careful about the original I don't think they would try it.
After all to do so would mean recasting roles and having your new story being directly compared against a story written by Philip K. Dick, directed by Ridley Scott in his prime and with a couple of excellent casting choices.
No, a direct sequel or prequel sounds too risky, I think they're looking at exploiting stories brought about by the Blade Runner universe or ones that are mentioned in the story itself, or perhaps even continuing the idea of the replicant hunter.
Still, that doesn't make it any easier to tackle, or easier for fans of the original to take.
There's not much else in the story to give us an idea of direction or what the idea would be behind any of these, but the big part of this is in the comment above, "multiplatform concepts". I suspect that means we'll see some Blade Runner videogames on the horizon as well as films and a possible television series.
Could you accept any of these.