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Two entries in the giant overstuffed folder marked "Evidence that Hollywood has run out of ideas":
Entry No. 1: Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind "The Book of Eli" and "Insomnia" (among others), is looking to make a movie based on Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."
The company is working to acquire rights to elements of Scott's movie, and to the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on which the movie was based.
The producers told the Los Angeles Times' Steven Zeitchik that they don't want to remake Scott's movie (and the rights they are purchasing won't actually allow that), but are looking at building onto the franchise with a sequel or prequel.
"The 'Blade Runner' lore is kind of irresistible," Alcon co-founder Andrew Kosove told Zeitchik. "And the extraordinary pace of technological advancement since the movie came out means that there are a lot of opportunities to do something fresh."
Entry No. 2: Get ready to see another Disneyland ride become a blockbuster movie.
In the tradition of "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Country Bears," Disney is prepping a live-action action-adventure movie, "Jungle Cruise," based on the classic theme-park ride, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday.
The possible upside to this project? The casting of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in the lead roles. Yes, Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, together again.