The big news yesterday was that Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment are teaming up for new sequels and prequels to the 1982 classic Blade Runner. Producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove recently gave more details on the projects, revealing they never wanted to remake the original sci-fi thriller, but plan on building off the movie's mythology while utilizing today's technology. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove had to say.
Producers Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson talk Blade Runner
"The Blade Runner lore is kind of irresistible. And the extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh."
Andrew A. Kosove also acknowledged the tremendous fan base for Blade Runner, and the challenges in coming up with an original story.
"The risk is not just getting a movie made but coming up with a story that really justifies coming back one to one of the great science-fiction stories. A lot of filmmakers have borrowed from Blade Runner in the intervening years, and we want to make sure we don't look like we're borrowing from the movies that borrowed from it. Coming up with something original on our part is a real threshold issue. We know there are tremendous challenges here."
Blade Runner is set in the year 2019, where Rick Dekkard (Harrison Ford) tracks down "replicants," robots disguised as humans. Since the actual year 2019 isn't too far away, a prequel would likely be set in a year fairly close to the present day. Broderick Johnson revealed that a prequel would be set in an alternate universe.
Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner and it isn't known if he will be involved in these new projects, although Andrew A. Kosove revealed he would like to have the director on board.
"We haven't met Ridley Scott, but the thought of re-engaging with his artistic vision is very exciting, and [him directing] is something we think would be wonderful."
It isn't clear if a Blade Runner prequel or a Blade Runner sequel will come first out of this new deal between Alcon and Warner Bros.
Blade Runner was released June 25th, 1982 and stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.