Friday, March 04, 2011

Warners Bros. Dream Of "Electric Sheep"

Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment are in final negotiations to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to "Blade Runner". The deal prohibits Alcon and WB from directly remaking the original Ridley Scott 1981 feature, but films "based on situations introduced in the original film" will be allowed.

"This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us," Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said.

"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."

"Blade Runner" the movie, was based on the novella "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by author Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968.

The main plot of the book follows 'Rick Deckard', a bounty hunter of androids, while the secondary plot follows 'John Isidore', a man of sub-normal intelligence who befriends some of the androids.

Set in a post-apocalyptic near future, where the Earth and its populations have been damaged greatly by Nuclear War during 'World War Terminus', Deckard is faced with 'retiring' six escaped 'Nexus-6' model androids, the latest and most advanced model. Unlike humans, the androids possess no empathic sense, with Deckard probing the existence of defining qualities that separate humans from machines.

Beginning in 2009, BOOM! Studios started publishing a 24-issue comic book limited series adaptation of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", containing the full text of Dick's book.

April 2010, Boom! Studios announced a follow up comic, "Dust To Dust", a four issue miniseries, written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Robert Adler.

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