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.
"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."
"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.
"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."