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Blade Runner universe set to be revived

Story by Jack Foley

THE unique world of Blade Runner could be revived for prequels and sequels by Alcon Entertainment.

The company behind Oscar winning movie The Blind Side is currently in final negotiations to acquire the film, television and ancillary franchise to produce material related to the iconic science fiction thriller.

Blade Runner is the 1982 cult classic directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. It was based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The story is set in a future where man has created clones – called replicants – who are used for dangerous work until a group of replicants rebel and go on a murderous spree while trying to prolong their own lives.

Ford played a character named Rick Dekard, a retired member of a police officer corps called blade runners who hunt down replicants on Earth.

Alcon seems to know it has a beloved movie property on its hands and promised to be mindful of that fact.

In a statement on their intentions, Alcon co-heads Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said: “This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favourite 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 multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium.”

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