It seems that the Star Wars franchise doesn’t have a monopoly on sci-fi movies that receive prequels and sequels. The next target by Hollywood sounds like it will be the Blade Runner universe. Ironically, we all know Harrison Ford starred as Han Solo in the Star Wars movies so Blade Runner was probably a refreshing character change for the actor. Blade Runner was released in 1982 only a year before the release of Ford’s final Star Wars movie, The Return of the Jedi.In Blade Runner, Ford plays a retired police officer who while active would hunt down biologically engineered humanoids referred to as replicants. Replicants are used on off-world colonies and legally cannot return to Earth. When they do, they are hunted down by special police officers like Ford referred to as “blade runners.” Unwillingly, Ford is drafted back into service as a blade runner and the plot takes off from there. While Blade Runner did poorly at the box office in its initial run, it has developed a cult following which has led to interest in the possibility of making prequels or sequels based on the storyline.According to Variety, Alcon Entertainment is in final talks to secure film, television and ancillary rights for Blade Runner. Fans of the original movie will be happy to hear those rights do not include the ability to remake the original movie.Once secured by Alcon their next step is not entirely clear since they are still trying to figure that out as well. The entertainment company hasn’t even decided whether or not Ridley Scott, the original director of the film, will be involved in any future movies. In fact, it sounds like the only thing that is a definite is that Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, who are with Alcon Entertainment, won’t direct.Read more at VarietyBrian’s OpinionMessing with a cult classic is a dangerous thing. Fans come to love cult classics in their original form so when people start talking about messing with the mojo around that fans can get a little crazy. Just think of all the controversy around George Lucas and his prequels and sequels for Star Wars. Here is a franchise that most would agree Lucas has some liberty with because it was his dream child to begin with. Yet to this day some people still talk about how the different movies and remakes may have been blasphemous to the original trilogy.I agree with Alcon Entertainment that there is great potential around the Blade Runner franchise. Not only could a new movie attract those who have been fans of the original for almost twenty years, but it could introduce the original movie to a whole new audience. So, there is indeed the potential for great rewards, but it comes along with great risk as well. Here’s hoping Alcon don’t screw it up.