Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind "The Blind Side" and "The Book of Eli" are in final negations to purchase the rights to make a movie based on the 1982 film "Blade Runner."
The statement released by the company appears to imply that sequels and prequels to the sci-fi film could be developed by the company in the near future, rather than an outright remake.
"This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us," the company's CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
The film, which starred Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, has become a cult classic. It was based on the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and in 1993 was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The story is set in a future where genetically engineered robots called replicants, which are look like humans, are used for dangerous work on Earth's off-planet colonies. The replicants rebel and return to Earth where they were hunted by cops called blade runners. The story centers on Ford's character, Rick Dekard, a former blade runner who gets pulled back on duty to track down six replicatins in Los Angeles.
"We have some ideas that we're not in a position to discuss yet," Kosove told Entertainment Weekly. "But from our point of view, the thematic core of the original movie -- what does it mean to be a human being? -- is even more relevant today than it was when the film came out. After all, we're living in the industrial age of technology."