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Blade Runner licence resurrected

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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.”
Love the movie. Love the Westwood adventure game.

It's a good universe for setting more stories across several mediums. Not going to be under Universal Pictures though, by the looks. So not sure if there's a chance of a future Telltale Blade Runner series - I wonder what the terms of the Universal Licence are when it comes to other movie franchises...
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  • I have really mixed feelings about a remake of the original movie... That world was so perfect.
  • *BEEP* me!? Why not just remake Star Wars or Indiana Jones while we're at it!? Dumbest idea ever, as bad as remaking Planet of the Apes...did anyone ANYONE want to see that? It sucked!

    Even if this movie is decent, their will always be the original, which is a CLASSIC and a great, terrific, wonderful movie which doesn't need a remake...
  • doodo!;461822 said:
    Even if this movie is decent, their will always be the original, which is a CLASSIC and a great, terrific, wonderful movie which doesn't need a remake...
    That's why they aren't remaking it. That's the one thing they can't do, according to the quote jp-30 posted. If it were a remake I'd be complaining too.

    Maybe I'm just a bit biased because, as I mentioned earlier, I've already watched and enjoyed a television series based in the Blade Runner universe (or a very close approximation thereof), but I think it's a bit too early to cry that they're ruining the series. It's a big enough universe for them to come up with a new story that doesn't ruin the original story's beautiful ambiguity. If they do ruin it I'll complain right along with you.
  • Alcon’s franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original.
    Right then.

    Edit: ninja'd.
  • To be fair, the word "remake" does really jump out in that sentence. I had to read it twice myself
  • I'm glad that there is enough respect for the original classic, that no remake is planned, (look at all the horrid remakes recently. Its a mokery to the whole industry really).
    I think this sort of thing can work though. The settings has a huge amount of untapped potential still there.

    Hopefully they can do good with the licence.
    If not then real fans would probably just ignore it anyway...
  • I don't know....
    It's good it's not a remake though. I like that much better.

    With respect to Tron it was a ok movie, set as a example, but it wasn't that good of a sequel. Tron Legacy...
  • You know i saw that movie for the first time after years of wanting to see it because everything seems to Rip off blade runnners art style. SO it came on HDnet movie channel last week and I Tivoed it. The final cut version

    So Like 2 of my favorite movies a games Armitage the 3rd and snatcher. Said to be pretty much animated rips on blade runner.

    I have to saw I was not that impressed with it. Armitage the OVA series and even the chopped down film version poly matrix. Takes waht blade runner did and does it better... And so does snatcher. Also the female lead in armitage is a way more interesting character and I cant say why with out spoiling the movie.

    I did not even get a real explanation of how a replicant functions is it all Bio clone parts or Robots? it never really said, You would think there would be more tense with these things running around looking like humans but he knows who they are there are no hidden ones and the story is just really laid back and slow. not much mystery or detective work either every one he needed to catch seem to fall right into his hands with out him doing much or just step right up in front of his face almost from out of no where.

    and what is up with the part with the snake where there is no mouth sync to what is being said at all or what is going on when he grabs the dudes tie? it is like not even tried to cover the huge mistake in editing.

    So ya good but overrated movie sweet art and setting

    But ya.. I would rather see a new snatcher or Amritage the 3rd game.... Amrtiage never had a game ever it could be part action part Adventure.



    And the only thing I got from the blade runner game that I remember is that it was using voxels and not ploygons for rendering and did not work with GPU's at all adn it made me feel like I wasted Cash on making a twin 3dfx voodoo 2 machine upgrade.
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