Blade Runner may become a sci-fi franchise, nearly 30 years after its original release.

The production company Alcon Entertainment has reportedly obtained the rights to the film about a man (Harrison Ford) seeking to terminate human replicants. Rather than simply remake the original, however, the heads of the studio say they are looking to launch possible prequels and sequels to the movie, based, like seemingly all sci-fi films, on a short story by Philip K. Dick.

The original was set in a then-distant future 2019, which raises the question: How far into the future would a new “Blade Runner” narrative take place?

Another question: Is this a good idea? Even if it’s not, does it matter if fans grouse about it since studios will probably continue to exploit great films and try to make them new again?

And here’s one more question that at least one actress is probably asking right now: Is there a part in one of these reboots for “Blade Runner” star Sean Young?

<em>(Source: Variety via New York Daily News)</em>