With all the talk about sequels and remakes, it’s about time for a good, old-fashioned unnecessary prequel.
This one isn’t going to be in theaters, though. Nor will it take on the form of a television show (we’re looking at you, George Lucas, on both accounts). Instead, this prequel will be a series of five to ten minute webisodes.
It will be called Purefold, and it’s a prequel to Blade Runner.
The New York Times tells us that the original film’s creator, Ridley Scott, won’t be the only one coming up with ideas for this new web series. The movie will be written using story lines suggested by fans via FriendFeed.
So yes, you now have a chance to be a part of Blade Runner history (even though the new movie will not involve the original’s characters or events).
“We don’t take any of the canon or copyrighted assets from the movie,” says David Bausola, one of the owners of the independent studio that’s making Purefold. “It’s actually based on the same themes as Blade Runner. It’s the search for what it means to be human and understanding the notion of empathy. We are inspired by Blade Runner.”
I’m actually curious about this. I’m a big fan of pushing technology and user feedback further, and these kinds of experiments are always at least interesting.