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Post-apocalyptic world of 'Blade Runner' to return
Dystopian film from the '80s is set to become a major franchise.
Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Photo from "Blade Runner"
Get ready to return to the dreary neon world of "Blade Runner."
The 1982 Ridley Scott film starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah is getting a massive reboot thanks to new negotiations between Alcon Entertainment and the film's original executive producer, Bud Yorkin.
"This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us," company principles Andrew Kosove and Broderick 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 multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only."
The original "Blade Runner" takes place in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in the year 2019, showcasing a world where nature has been forfeited for technology and urban decay reigns supreme.
Animals are mostly absent, and the planet as a whole is reeling from pollution and depopulation as humans flee for other worlds. In a 1997 article on these themes
, Tama Leaver calls the film a perfect example of "ecocide," or the destruction of "normal" ecological systems.
If the prequel is developed, it will be interesting to see how the world of "Blade Runner" comes to happen. After all, 2019 is not that far away, so if producers were truly interested in pursuing a back story, the next couple years would be the time to do it. According to some hints in the original film, a nuclear war is responsible for most of the planet's destruction — so we have that uplifting plot line to look forward to.
Alcon Entertainment officials says that while they have yet to discuss the acquisition plans with Scott, they would love for him to direct any of the films they have planned around the futuristic world. "The extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh," they added
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