While I am always curious interested in the burbling Blade Runner rumours that seem to sprout up ever couple of years, things seemed to have come to a boil yesterday with the trades announcing that Alcon Entertainment has optioned the prequel, sequel, equal rights to make more films. I am certainly not opposed to making tangent films in that unusual universe. Cyberpunk has come a long way since 1982, so we are already in an analogous place from the Original Star Wars trilogy aesthetic to the Prequel Trilogy aesthetic, most likely. And lets not forget that supposedly forgettable Soldier (yea, the Kurt Rusell one) is ostensibly set in the same universe. I’m all for the 28 Days/Weeks/Months later philosophy of new stories in developed universes.
But lets not get too worked up either way, people. The lesson from TRON is that 30 year old cult films are never going to make Spielberg/Cameron type money and I expect that the production cycle for a film such as this is going to be a long and arduous one. Nevertheless, I’m sure people paying for the rights are bandying about the word ‘Franchise.’