Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (the financing and production company behind The Blind Side and The Book of Eli) are in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to Ridley Scott‘s iconic 1982 science-fiction film Blade Runner. Not many details are known about the situation, but we have been told the following:
Alcon’s franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film. The project would be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. International rights are yet to be determined.
So don’t expect to see a remake of the original movie. It is also unclear if they have any screenplay or treatments for possible projects. You might recall that Eagle Eye screenwriters Travis Wright and John Glenn were paid to explore a potential secret sequel from 2003-2005 and wrote several Blade Runner sequel approaches working with Bud Yorkin, who will produce the upcoming Alcon/WB projects.
Read the full press release after the jump.
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One of the most promising young filmmakers out there today, Duncan Jones, hasn’t even released his second film yet but he’s already starting to think about the follow-up. After his phenomenal debut film Moon, Jones is about ready to let us all enter the Source Code on April 15 with Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan. And while there had been much talk (and concept art and script reviews) that would suggest Mute would be Jones’ next film, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In an interview with We Got This Covered, Jones revealed that Mute is in “limbo” and he wants his next film to be his homage to Blade Runner. “It will be a city based future film,” Jones said. Read what happened to Mute and more about this “city based future film” after the jump. Read More »
ThinkGeek is selling an awesome t-shirt featuring various weapons from 10 famous science fiction films of the last 74 years. Can you name all the movies?
Museum Acquires Rare Arms Collection: To your right you’ll see our display of 20th and early 21st century science-fiction armaments. You can compare the variety of size and lethality over the years. Everyone “oohs” over the pulse rifle. Don’t get too close, though. The gun cabinet glass is coated with self-arming nanites. We don’t want to have to mop up another tourgroup.And ahead on your left, you’ll see models of some early time travel vehicles, including H.G. Wells’s time machine…. This shirt contains images of 10 famous science fiction arms and the year of their screen debut on a black 100% cotton shirt.
But apparently ThinkGeek messed up and the art has the wrong date for Logan’s Run (it says 1967, it should be 1976) so they are selling the shirt at 50% off. Grab one for only $7.99 to $9.99 plus shipping depending on size. So if you don’t mind the small error on an otherwise really cool tee, grab one now. Hit the jump to see a bigger image of the artwork.
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Fans of the 1982 Ridley Scott classic Blade Runner have some money to spend. The Astor Theater in Australia, which recently put out some awesome posters for Die Hard and Predator, is screening the film from September 30-October 3 and their partner site Tommy Good had artists Tim Doyle and Godmachine create really sick poster prints for the occasion.
Doyle’s is a 12×25 with “transparent glossy rain effect over the whole thing” and Godmachine’s is a 18×24. The posters won’t go on sale until after October 3, so be sure to sign up at Tommy Good to be alerted. Hit the jump to check out both beautiful prints. Read More »
Update: Henry Jenkins has told me via Twitter that he was referring to Purefold and had missed the update that the project was no longer happening.
As well as being interesting in all the ways you’d think an interview with Steven Lisberger, creator of Tron, would be interesting, a new video chat conducted by Henry Jenkins has a very surprising twist thrown into the mix too. You can see a video of their chat beyond the break – the first part anyway, while the rest resides at Confessions of an Aca Fan. At the 4:23 mark, Jenkins says the following:
I mean, the Scott Brothers are returning to Blade Runner with a new project right now, which is roughly the same vintage.
The same vintage as Tron, he’s saying, in case you got lost. So, what’s this about a new Blade Runner project…?
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If you’ve been following /Film for a while, then you know that we love minimalistic movie posters. But these concept posters by graphic designer Jamie Bolton are probably the most sparse we’ve seen so far (and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing — I’d love to hear your thoughts). After the jump, I’ve included Bolton’s posters for Star Wars, The Shining, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner, and the Back to the Future Trilogy.
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Google have decided to call their new cellphone the Nexus One which suggests it’s a full five… er… Nexuses not as good as those naughty Replicants that gave Rick Deckard such trouble in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, filmed as Blade Runner. This comparison has not been lost on the estate of author Philip K. Dick who have launched a law suit against the company.
There are a great many other products and companies called Nexus this and Nexus that, from a Tyne and Wear subway system to a manufacturer of “custom designed plugs, jacks and switches”. The difference here is that Google have gone for Nexus ‘Number’ and, according to The Wall Street Journal, “the association between the phone and the book are cemented by the fact that the Nexus One runs Google’s Android operating system”. Yes – Android. I think that word is in the book too. Tsk.
Okay, so Google probably are trying to foster associations to Sheep but, really, isn’t this just a vague nod, never likely to confuse consumers into assuming an official endorsement? Should they really be forced to stump up heaps of cash for it? It’s not like a clothing manufacturer hawking Substance D branded “scramble” suits.
Nakatomi has released “The White Dragon”, a new print inspired by Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner. This print is a collaboration by artist Tim Doyle and colorist Nick Derington, the lead animator on Richard Linklater’s adaptation of another Philip K. Dick adaptation, A Scanner, Darkly.
“He Say you a BRADE RUNNAH!” Measuring 12×24, this 4 color print is printed with color overlays and silver metallic rain in an edition of 120. Each print is hand numbered and signed by both artists. Hand printed by Doyle at the Nakatomi Print Labs for $30. The art print is also available in a glow-in-the-dark variant. Measuring 12×24, this 5 color print is printed with color overlays and silver metallic rain in an edition of 30. All the white areas glow, as well as faintly on the blue. Each print is hand numbered and signed by both artists, available for $50.
The reason why I love this print is that Doyle was able to accurately capture the famous scene from Scott’s sci-fi classic, even though much of the city production design doesn’t appear within the film frame, and possibly doesn’t even exist. After the jump I’ve included freeze frames from Blade Runner showing you what Doyle had to work with, which should make you appreciate this art print even more. Check out the full print design after the jump.
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