The Blade Runner story is set to expand into a new world of prequels and sequels following a new deal.
Production company Alcon Entertainment has just announced it is in final negotiations to secure the rights to the legendary sci-fi franchise.
The deal could see any number of movies or TV, novel or gaming offshoots produced from the 1982 movie.
However, Alcon executive Andrew Kosove told Variety that firm plans have yet to be decided. He said: “We’re at a very preliminary stage where we’re still formulating a strategy as to whether we’ll hire a filmmaker or a writer first, and whether we’ll do a prequel or a sequel.
“This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favourite film for us. We recognise the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce.”
Starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner took place in a dystopian future Los Angeles, populated by robot ‘replicants’. It was based on the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?. The film was not a box office hit, but has become hugely influential in the years since. Author KW Jeter has since written three authorised novels that continue the story of Ford‘s character Rick Deckard.
The deal follows Disney‘s decision to produce a sequel to another ’80s sci-fi favourite, Tron, last year.