They're remaking Blade Runner. I'm not surprised. They've remade or rebooted every movie I ever loved or are in the process of doing so as we speak. On a certain level, I get it. A lot of times old Sci-Fi gets redone because technology has advanced to the point where people feel they can better tell the original story. They're almost always wrong, but I understand the compulsion to try. But Blade Runner didn't rely much on effects at all. In fact it seemed to shy away from over the top production, opting for the moody and gritty feel that helped to make the movie great. The film could be released as is today and barely look or feel outdated. Nothing you can do with modern effects could improve on the original. No cast would rise above the original's. The story will undoubtedly suffer from some inclusion of modern "sensibilities." Truthfully, though, any artistic motivation to upgrade such a classic is secondary anyway. The only thing that really matters is that it'll have a huge opening weekend. Fuck hollywood.
Big Fat Upate!: Apparently, when the rights were sold it was explicitly for the creation of prequels and/or sequels, but the deal specifically statess there is to be no remake of the original. I feel a little better now.