Thursday, March 03, 2011

Replicants Beware

Almost 30 years after its initial release, a sequel to the cult classic film Blade Runner may finally be on its way.

Released in 1982, the Harrison Ford vehicle was based on a 1968 novel by Philip K. Dick called Do Androids Dream of electric Sheep? Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Thelma and Louise), the film also starred Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and a touchingly bizarre Darryl Hannah.

Though the film did not do well at the box office when it was first released, Blade Runner has enjoyed a huge and growing following over the years, so interest in a sequel is not surprising. The only big surprise might be why it took so long. Today SFX breaks the story:
The production company behind The Book Of Eli, Alcon Entertainment (which is owned by Warners) has bought the rights to make sequels, prequels and other movies based on the characters and situations from 1982’s Blade Runner. The company does not have the rights to produce a remake, but provision for making Blade Runner-associated TV series is part of the deal (hang on, didn’t someone already do one called Total Recall 2070, which, despite the name, always felt more like a small screen Blade Runner)?



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