Very few classic science fiction films have remained free of sequels, prequels, remakes and various other efforts to milk them for all they're worth. Blade Runner has been one of those ... until now.
According to a press release issued by Warner Brothers Pictures, the studio-based production company Alcon Entertainment is in "final discussions" to secure the film, TV and other rights to make prequels and sequels to director Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece.
Alcon is buying the rights from producer Bud Yorkin, who was one of the executive producers of the original film and will serve as a producer on any new Blade Runner movies.
The press release states that Alcon would pretty much have the right to do anything except remake Blade Runner itself (whew!), but that the company "may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film."
Just who is Alcon? The company has been behind a number of films distributed through Warner Brothers, including The Book of Eli and The Blind Side.
There's no word on whether Ridley Scott has any involvement in all this, but we would hope he'd at least be consulted. And just because the company has picked up the rights to make more Blade Runner movies, it doesn't necessarily mean they'll actually get made—although with all of Hollywood wanting to cash in on existing "brands" these days, you can bet they're going to try their hardest.