Warner Bros. Based Alcon Entertainment Eyes Rights to BLADE RUNNER Prequels and Sequels

     March 2, 2011


Alcon Entertainment, the Warner Bros. based financing and production company is now in final negotiations to acquire the rights to “film, television and ancillary” rights to produced sequels to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Though the deal prevents them from directly remaking the original film, Alcon would be free to produce as many sequels and prequels involving the film’s universe as they like. Alcon co-founders/co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove had this to say:

“We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. 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 multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”

If Alcon is spending all that money to nab the rights, you can bet that they definitely have a sequel/prequel story in mind. Only time will tell what it will involve/how closely related it will be to Scott’s original. Hit the jump for the full press release.

blade-runner-movie-posterHere’s the full press release:



LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 3, 2011—Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”) co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, in the most significant property acquisition negotiations in the Company’s 13-year history, are in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner.”

Alcon is negotiating to secure the rights from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on “Blade Runner” along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Alcon’s franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film. The project would be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. International rights are yet to be determined.

Johnson and Kosove stated: “We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. 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 multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”

Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by countless polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

“Blade Runner” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

Alcon’s COO Scott Parish and head of business affairs David Fierson are negotiating on behalf of the Company.

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  • leo

    noooooooooooo please god no! NO! NO!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    PD: Only in a videogame maybe….sequels???…prequels?????? fuck no!

    • Jenn

      HEY I’ve got a great idea… why don’t we do a prequel to 2001, and then make a video game and an animated series based off of Hal. We can sell action figures and everything… just think of it.. it could be like Lord of the Rings 2. BRILLIANT!

      Seriously.. there are just some things you don’t touch. I don’t care if you get the best director in the world to do it, you just don’t touch it. Why not just take the achievements it made in film get inspired by it, and grow from it. So lazy, is new creative THAT scary to people.

  • madcnut

    There is no way that tinkering with the world created by Ridley Scott and co will end any better than the Terminator franchise has done since T2.

    If they truly understand and “recognize the responsibility (they) have to do justice to the memory of the original…” then they’d buy the rights, lock them in a safe and drop it to the deepest depths of the ocean.

    I don’t think I can ever be enticed to ‘re-enter’ the world made in Bladerunner – if there is one thing that film had perfect, it was the setting and atmosphere.

    It’s funny, they can toy with the world all they want, but they can’t do a ‘remake’… to be honest, the only way I could get somewhat excited about any new “Bladerunner” film etc it would be if someone took to the material in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and re-adapted directly from it. It’s a great read and would make a great movie – the original film is quite far removed from that story iirc

  • madcnut

    Furthermore… I can see them now. Big production sequences showing skinjobs being made. Big FX heavy scenes of colonists shifting between planets etc. CGI clones running everywhere. The more that is explained about everything behind that story, the less magic there will be left in it!

  • Ryan

    I thought Hollywood still had some decency left, apparently nothing is untouchable…

    Franchise? Really?

    Why don’t they start to produce a Citizen Kane remake already then?

  • Ryan

    Also, make in 3D.

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…”

  • Trick

    It’s not impossible to rekindle the Blade Runner flame, just in this day and age of 3D it is..
    Im actually kind of excited in hearing this news, just for the prospect that whatever comes next MIGHT be good..
    There’s a certain way to handle these rights once bought, and I hope they realize that effects will NOT be the way to go..
    It’s all about, among other things, atmosphere, hand-built sets, minimal effects, and STORY!
    It all comes down to narrative, though, in my opinion..

  • Trick

    How about checking out some attack ships under fire off the shoulder of Orion? Or lets go find some C-beams glittering in the dark near Tanhausser Gate?
    Just what kind of “questionable things” has R. Batty done… hmmmm…

  • MvB

    Ruin a classic please. Why don’t you remake Gone With The Wind and Lawrence of Arabia. Horrible idea.

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  • Jeff T.

    Oh you freakin nerds, stop crying.

    Every time there’s news about a remake or a sequel, some crazy movie buffs will come up from thier caves and it’s nonstop whining and complaining.

    Get this in your heads: you can’t change shit! So all your rants on the internet are useless. No one from biz gives a shit about the things you say.

    And thank God for that.

  • JLC

    I think they would almost have to do a reboot before trying any sequels. There’s like 5 different versions of the film out there now, all with subtle differences (Does Rachel live? Is Deckard a replicant?).
    Regardless, they’ll never find two leads as cool as Ford and Hauer, so they needn’t waste their time.

  • shadowman

    I personally believe Alcon is taking a bold step. Making a prequel or a sequel rather than an out and out remake would at the very least still be original in that they’ll have to come up with a new story that will fit into the world that Philip K. Dick created. So for the most part these guys are taking a huge risk and obviously have the balls to do it.

    As a huge fan of ‘Blade Runner,’ my old friend, Desi already wrote a script years ago and submitted it to producers at Warner Bros., that visits that world. Well they turned it down saying it was too dark for them and he’s been trying to get it made for a couple of years now. The story is 100% original while living in that Blade Runner-esque world. You guys can take a look at the animatic of the concept art on youtube at


    The story titled ‘Signed in Blood,’ creates another aspect of the Blade Runner dystopian world, in which new cities have been built on the dying and decaying remains of the past. There is a subculture of assassins and the main character, Morty, an aging assassin, is the best professional killer who ever lived. Morty has grown tired of killing and wants to get Hana, the woman that Morty loves and George, Morty’s young protege, out of the killing business. But the powers that be won’t let Morty go because he’s too valuable an asset.

    It’s a story that deals with love, loyalty, betrayal, revenge, and redemption and travels from New Los Angeles, California to Paris, France, to New Tokyo and back again. It has an epic shootout with a Japanese Yakuza gang in flying cars and flying bikes. In fact Desi’s been negotiating to get the use of real jet packs and flying cars as well as some of the most highly advanced robots being developed today, for the movie. If you guys like the concept maybe you can champion it’s cause. If nothing else the fans would have a story that they had some input into getting it made.

    As for myself? I’m just a guy standing in the shadows trying to do a good deed for a friend and talented writer with a great script. Plus if it gets made I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing I had a hand in it.

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