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Fans of Blade Runner will certainly raise an eyebrow at the news that production outfit Alcon Entertainment is in "final negotiations" to acquire the prequel and sequel rights to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Poster for original Blade Runner movie According to Reuters, the company is cutting a deal with holder Bud Yorkin, who was …

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Oh dear

I want to run away from this myself.

I'd not entrust anything to someone called "Bud".

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Fairness

To be fair, I had to Google him (Bud). I've still not changed my mind: Sounds like he's tried and failed in the business, and now he's sold out the license so he can get back onto some big-name credits again. What can I say - I'm having a cynical Thursday.

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You do not stand a chance

Yourself will catch up with you, interrogate, test and terminate if you are found to have replicated.

On a more serious note. Can they leave it alone. Please. Pretty please.

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Never Fear

Mc G is here

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Eurgh!

Hmmm, I remain to be convinced. To be fair the original film was awful, but the DC corrected pretty much all that was wrong with it and turned out to be a really good film.

I wish Hollywood would (gah!) give additional weight to artistic merit. Take Pirates for example - decent, fun film. Then they go and make the abominable sequels. Same with The Matrix, and a hat full of other films. It's just lazy film making.

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Re: Eurgh!

You can partly thank Bud Yorkin for the 'awful' original (though it wasn't THAT bad).

When the filming went over-budget he and Jerry Perenchio effectively fired Ridley Scott and took over the production. Then, when the initial preview screenings were poorly received by thick American test audiences that couldn't understand the plot, they hired one of the script writers for Columbo to pen a 'Film Noir' style voice over to explain what was happening to 'teh stupids'. Oh, and they also had that lame happy ending added.

Anyway, fuck knows what kind mess these new films will turn out to be...

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What Matrix Sequels?

All you need to know at http://xkcd.com/566/

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This will be like a service station sandwich.

No matter how disappointing you expect it to be, it'll still miraculously manage to disappoint.

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Oh dear

Time to die...

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Eek

"We have long-term goals for the franchise[...]"

This is exactly why we're scared.

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Oh good...

... We can look forward to a crowd-pleasing comedy bit with a CGI'd only-about-forty Harrison Ford deep in the heart of the replicant factory.

(By "oh good" I of course mean "oh ****".)

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Blade Runner Legacy!

As long as he has a young, underprivileged, angry-but-with-a-good-heart black child sidekick - and maybe gets to fight some dinosaurs while stopping the asteroid! - count me in. It's bound to be fantastic! Oh, I almost forgot the big explosions and shaky camera work!

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For the love of Geoff!!

I was really hoping Blade Runner was a film that would escape this rehash/reimagining/prequel/sequel horsesh*t that seems to be riff in the film industry at the moment :( Seems I'm to be disappointed!

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Nooooooo :-(

It was bad enough that they abominated TRON with that appalling, confused, cringe-inducing, CGI nightmare sequel. Please don't let them do it with Blade Runner. :-(

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Tron?

It was bad enough they did the original Tron... but the sequel upheld the Legacy. At least the sequel had a joke (uh, not intentional?) about Tron being the greatest video game of all time. Hahahahaha. Sorry, I remember when it was out...

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So do I

'Sorry, I remember when it was out'

You saw TRON at the cinema when it first came out? Yes, so did I. Not sure why you assumed I wouldn't have done. I'm not saying TRON is as good as Blade Runner by any means, but it was unique, compelling and entertaining. The sequel was just a bad joke in comparison, and it would be even more upsetting to see Blade Runner abominated in the same way.

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Razzie, anyone?

This Bladerunner prequel / sequel / reboot has just got to end in tears, Perhaps Bud Yorkin should stick with working for Bernard Matthews as he seems to be good doing turkeys...

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Proof positive

That movie studios have run out of original ideas and just prefer to churn out prequels and sequels to previously made classics (although Blade Runner managed to completely miss the point of 'Do Androids dream of electric sheep') and then scream blue murder about 'piracy' hitting their bottom line. Make a good, original movie and the money will come... oh yes it will.

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Plug

Hopefully The Ultrmarines movie will do well then...

http://www.ultramarinesthemovie.com/

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Jesus...

Not only is John Hurt the only actor of the bunch I'd trust further than a quadriplegic could throw them, but the Director has the London Olympics promotion video listed as an example of work. I did like Dan Abnett's books, though.

Still, why the Ultraqueens?! Screenplay of Space Wolf, obviously!

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Lol

I've not touched Games Workshop (oki, with the exception of the DoW and Blood Bowl PC games) for probably almost 20 years - but it made me smile to see that I'm not the only one who thought Space Wolves were the real badass Space Marines! :D

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Dear Hollywood execs,

Fuck off.

Yours sincerely, every sci-fi movie fan that has existed including those yet to be born.

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Ye gawds

Is nothing sacred in Hollytown any more?

When are the inevitable 'reimaginings' (aka useless remakes) of Gone With The Wind & Casablanca due out?

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New Movies please ..

Enough of the remakes and sequels already.

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No

No no no no no no no no no no no no.

No.

Not ever.

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I'll tell you about my relationship with the franchise...

It's a shame the sequels won't live. But then, who does?

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2001

Not forgetting the abomination that was 2010.

I suppose they could do 10,000000BC as a prequel and 2020 for good measure.....nooooo!

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2010 was written by ACC

And was a continuation of the story.

Film was not as good as the book.

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Shhhh...

... don't mention "2061" then... ;-) - chasing Halley's comet, life on Europa, and Heywood Floyd joining HAL and Dave Bowman in the monlith.

And especially don't mention "3001", when Frank Poole is found and resurrected, and Lucifer stops shining so the solar system goes back to one sun again. Plus several major contradictions to the other three books, but ACC always maintained that he wasn't writing for continuity in the these last two.

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Absolute kipple

but then again, the entire universe is moving toward a state of total, absolute kippleization

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Bah!

Modern state of the art CGI wedded to emergent 3D technology, wrapped up in a name evoking iconic cinematics and almost infinite arthouse cred = instant blockbuster!

I can see no downside to this plan.

Oscars all round.

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He used the word "franchise"

That's all you need to know, really.

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This has disaster written all over it

Bladerunner is one of my all time favorite films and I can't see how you would improve it. It was a product of it's time with stunning visuals and a great sound track. The new version will be all slo mo jumping around and blowing stuff up. Who would play Decard Ashton Kutcher???

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You forgot

All of that slow-mo jumping around and blowing stuff up will be in glorious 3D

Maybe they'll even have sulky teenage vampires and transforming robots!

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OMG

I forgot the 3D!!! It's going to be so good! I hope they get Shia LaBeouf for the lead! And did someone say talking animals?

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FANMADE

THERE IS NO BLADE RUNNER SEQUEL/PREQUEL

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This is just batty

I've seen scripts you people wouldn't believe. Cinemas on fire off the local high street. I watched projector beams glitter in the dark with no one to watch them. All those films will be lost in time, like money down the drain. Time to cry.

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More thumbs up!

Could we have an "thumbs up to infinity" vote button just for Helena Handcart's post, please?

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Blade runner sequels

This is at least 10 different kinds of wrong.

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*ahem*

"Not forgetting the abomination that was 2010.

I suppose they could do 10,000000BC as a prequel and 2020 for good measure.....nooooo!"

Not the best film I agree, but 2010 was based on the Clarke book. Part of the series that includes 2061 and 3001.

Also, NO!

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simulacrum

Surely it's the pinnacle of horrible ideas. Then again, in this age of "replication and hollowing" Philip K. Dick's idea of simulated realities becoming actually simulacrum inside the cinema is *at least* poetic justice of some kind. Maybe, just maybe, this one franchised classic might implode the overheated industry and make us all retire from over-engineered hyper-fabricated entertainment once and for all. After which we're free to upload our minds to BeTube, waiting for Clicks to Happen.

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Oh! Hollywood! FUCK OFF!!!

Look, Hollywood, we all know you are a bunch of talentless, clueless voids with less combined talent that a dead ant's little toenail posesses, but come on. Even with your greedy reliance upon mindnumbing-sequel after mindnumbing remake, there is still NO reason for you to fuck up Yet Another good film.

Just leave the hell alone.

Better still, just all fuck off and let some genuinely talented people with ORIGINAL ideas have a shot at making films again.

Please?

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Moon

So some Hollywood types have listened Duncan Jones commentary about his inspiration for Moon, (and possible subsequent sequels), and decided to queer the deal. Who'd of thought.

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Voight Kampff - There's an App For That

Ye gods this is scary. I shudder to think how they are going to make it "trendy" for modern audiences.

But on the plus side, someone is making a film that Apple can't fill with product placement and that actively mentions one of its competitors ;)

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From the Director who brought you "Arthur 2: On the Rocks", the producer who brought you "Love Hurts" and the writer of the critically acclaimed 1962 "Andy Williams Special":

Bladerunner 2: Time to Live

and

Bladerunner 0: Does anyone have a charger for a Nokia Sheep?

I can hardly wait. Do you think they'll be in 3D too? I might explode with excitement.

Maybe I shouldn't have watched every episode of Max Headroom back to back...

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I could do it

I could make a great prequel and sequel with a couple of hundred million dollars.

Reason: The Blade Runner universe offers vast possibilities and doesn't need to be restricted to the plot of an ex-cop running around after some robots.

Off-world colonies; attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; the demise of virtually all animal life on Earth; the ascendancy of AI; the politics of a crumbling planetary society.

There's plenty of scope to make some great films there.

Of course it will never go that way because virtually everything's dumbed down and risk-averse these days. Which is a great pity. If things had always been that way, Blade Runner would never have been made at all.

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Soldier

On that note, the film "Soldier" fits into the Blade Runner world, Kurt Russel's character was in the Tannhauser Gate battle.

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It could be worse...

...George Lucas could be involved!

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Do NOT joke about that!

Without exaggeration, the mere thought of George Lucas being involved suddenly made me very nauseous.

If they do make another film, and I hope that never happens, I will refuse to watch it no matter who was in the producer/director/writer chairs. My memories of the original star wars films was forever tarnished by seeing the 'prequels' but those original films never came close to true sci-fi classics like Blade Runner in my opinion. Whatever the disappointment I felt about Lucas' butchery, it would be so much worse to have Blade Runner ruined for me.

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Some people forget...

...that Hollywood (and the studio system) isn't there to make good films, it's there to make ridiculous profits (then announce that they made losses).

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