Alcon Eyeing 'Blade Runner' Reboot
Alcon Entertainment, the company behind The Blind Side, is looking to bring the world of Blade Runner back to the big screen.
The 1982 cult classic, which was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford, was based on a Philip K. Dick novel titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
The company is in final negotiations to acquire the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller.
Alcon is getting the film rights from Bud Yorkin, who was an exec producer on the original movie. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the projects.
Alcon co-heads Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The story is set in a future where man has created clones called replicants who are used for dangerous work. When the replicants rebel against their makers on a space colony, they are banned and hunted down.
The movie centered on Rick Dekard (Ford), a retired member of a police officer corps called blade runners who hunt down replicants on Earth. Dekard is called back to duty one more time to track six clones who escape a colony and come to Los Angeles.
Alcon seems to know it has a beloved movie property on its hands and promised to be mindful of that fact.
"This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us," Kosove and Johnson said in a statement. "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 multiplatform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium.”