I’m pretty sure if you listen closely you can hear many movie buffs and Sci-Fi fans screaming ‘Say it ain’t so!?’, with this news that a sequel, or maybe a prequel, or maybe even a TV show of the 1982 classic Sci-Fi thriller Blade Runner.

Here is the official press release:

Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”) co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, in the most significant property acquisition negotiations in the Company’s 13-year history, are in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner.”

Johnson and Kosove had this to say about acquring the rights to the potential franchise:
“We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us. 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.”
Now although some of you may be wreathing in pain at the thought of Hollywood ruining a very iconic movie, there are actually three official sequels to Philip K. Dicks’s original novel from which the film is based, Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep. A sequel to Blade Runner is not entirely a new idea, it’s been speculated for quite some time, but this is the first major movement for one in recent years. Comingsoon.net sepculated that this new move for a follow-up was inspired by Blade Runner’s original director Ridley Scott moving back to the Sci-Fi genre with the upcoming Prometheus.  I’ll keep you posted. Unless you’re a replicant. In which case I’m telling Harrison Ford on you.

Alcon is negotiating to secure the rights from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on “Blade Runner” along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.