Are prequels and sequels to “Blade Runner” necessary? (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/JohnAlvin.com)

Fans of the 1982 science-fiction film classic “Blade Runner” may have reason to scream in abject horror, reports SlashFilm. Production company Alcon Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros., is currently in “final discussions” to acquire franchise rights to “Blade Runner” for prequels and sequels. The overwhelming opinion of critics is that “Blade Runner” is a sacred text for sci-fi fans that should not be adulterated by Hollywood executives.

Will ‘Blade Runner’ sequels be ‘more human than human?’

Based on the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, the Ridley Scott film “Blade Runner” is the futuristic story of police officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a “blade runner” whose primary task is to hunt down and, if necessary, kill rogue superhuman clones called replicants. Themes ranging from the moral implications of genetic engineering to the oppressive paranoia inherent in a police state where corporate power is omnipresent prompt the viewer to question the very nature of what it means to be human.

As numerous film critics have stated, “Blade Runner” is one of the most literate and complex science-fiction films ever made. According to the London Telegraph, the film was preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1993.

Enter Alcon Entertainment, and let the cloning begin

While Alcon Entertainment has promised in a statement that the company will do all it can to honor the original “Blade Runner,” doubts remain. Looking at Alcon’s track record, for every film like 2009′s “The Blind Side,” for which Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar, there are multiple less-than-successful ventures like “Dude, Where’s My Car?” (2000), “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005) and the 2008 action-thriller “Eagle Eye,” which starred Shia LaBeouf.

The latter film is of particular interest, not so much because it earned only a 27 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but there are rumors that LeBeouf could reprise the Rick Deckard role that Ford played to perfection nearly 30 years ago. Blogger Rob Bricken of Topless Robot said of the “Blade Runner” prequel and sequel affair:

“Okay, maybe Nazism was overall a worse idea, but making a sequel to an utterly complete science fiction masterpiece has got to be up there. … And seriously, if this happens, is there any way Shia the Beef is not cast as Deckard? Oh, looks like it’s scotch for brunch today.”

Sources

SlashFlim: http://www.slashfilm.com/blade-runner-prequelsequel/
Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/8359857/Blade-Runner-sequel-planned-30-years-on.html
Topless Robot: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2008/09/is_blade_runner_2_the_worst_idea_ever_yes.php

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