"For Blade Runner, Striker will oversee multiple categories for the franchise including fashion partnerships, collectables, board games, action figures, paper goods, apparel, accessories and prop replicas curating a roster of licensees, said Alcon co-founders and CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove."
Oh dear. I may be in the minority here but I wish they would bury these merchandising licences and never do any more Blade Runner related marketing. For me it spoils the ambiguity in the story and cheapens the original when you add unnecassary 'backstory' or further development of the characters for commercial gain and to then market Blade Runner fashion accessories and apparel based on a cartoon series is just the worst kind of cynical cashing-in on the name. I certainly won't be watching any anime series related to BR. For me Blade Runner is a single story movie, not part of a 'franchise' and certainly not something that needs any further development or marketing. They should leave it alone now.
I'm with you userd1402...again, someone is seeing Blade Runner as a "Universe" to be used and abused (money) with backstories and the likes.
If you want me to be interested in a series, then you'll have to re-create the original sets on Warner's backlot, using the same look/designs and hire different Directors to shoot one episode per week
userd1402 & joberg, you both have a point. Unfortunately, there is a virtual certainty that Alcon Entertainment has done a comprehensive market analysis that told them "there's gold in them there hills." So while we may prefer a clear effort to preserve the approach, themes, and aesthetic of the film(s), we'll get what the IP owners choose to produce. We'll be left with the standard consumer choice, watch/don't watch - buy/don't buy. And there's always the chance we'll like what they do. Here's hoping for that.
I think that Villeneuve wanted to direct the BR World toward an Anime kind of feel/look. The Anime "model" is certainly easy to do in that it takes the Cyberpunk design and "simplifies'' it (I'm talking in terms of drawing and making a cartoon also). Villeneuve achieved it with minimal decors (spartan in my opinion) and using Brutal Architecture to put the cherry on the cake in terms of clean, sharp lines.
Not so Ridley's view and to a certain extend Syd Mead's. Very convoluted busy sets full of things cramming every inches of the screen. Apart from Tyrell's main room(respecting the Third Reich kind of design) there's no room for empty spaces.
Everything is re-used, recycled, collected and displayed
I get what you guys are saying.. but I'm guardedly optimistic about actually being able to buy new BR stuff. Also, there's an important part of the announcement that you didn't quote : "with a focus on upcoming animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus". Sounds like they aren't looking to retcon and add stuff to classic BR. If churning out action figures from the anime raises interest in BR and leads to more BR-esque stuff, I'm good with it.
I saw the announcement on Facebook during the week. I am not surprised but my reaction is the same usered1402 and joberg‘s. All I can say is that I wish they would leave it alone.
I mean how many hardcore blade runner fans are there worldwide. 5000 -10,000( I‘ve no idea really),but I gather it is a tiny fraction of Star Wars, Marvel Universe franchises. Most Blade Runner fans are not kids looking to play board games or action figures of our favourite movie ( or am I out of sync.).
I gather that since Blade Runner is 40 years old next year, this is the start of a tacky cash in by the Studio.