Saturday, April 2, 2011

Alcon Entertainment Says They Won't Remake 'Blade Runner' | #RemakeHell

And with that, I breath a sigh of relief.

Alcon Entertainment has recently acquired rights that will allow them to make a movie with elements from both Ridley Scott's 1982 film and the Phillip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" from which the movie is based on.

"We never would want to remake it" says Broderick Johnson, co-founder of Alcon Entertainment -but they do think there's a rich vein of material for a prequel or sequel, which they will be entitled to make and build off of scenes from the original.

"The 'Blade Runner' lore is kind of irresistible," Alcon co-founder Andrew Kosove said, "And the extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh."

But there's also the question of whether the first film has become too influential for its own good.

"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," Kosove said. "Coming up with something original on our part is a real threshold issue." He added: "We know there are tremendous challenges here."

“If Christopher Nolan would be on it I’d say, ‘All right, go for it!’” answered Rutger Hauer when asked about a remake. Currently Hauer is filming a Dutch movie about the Heineken family, “But otherwise you can’t do it. ‘Blade Runner’ is such a unique film. How do you describe a diamond? I don’t think you should ever touch it again.”

Although Alcon has financing for their films and a deal to distribute its pictures through Warner Bros, the process is still early and tenative; there is, at this point, no screenwriter or director. One of the biggest questions remains, "We haven't met Ridley (Scott)," Kosove said. "but the thought of re-engaging with his artistic vision is very exciting, and [him directing] is something we think would be wonderful."

As do I, my friend as do I.

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