More than any of the works we’ve looked at so far, Blade Runner has become a franchise, in that the copyright holder is a corporation that both defends the work and actively seeks marketing opportunities. There are no official action figures, but there certainly is a fan base that seeks out new material.
There was a stage adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Edward Einhorn that played in New York in 2010:
Here is an NYT review:
There have been comic book adaptations of both Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The Blade Runner comic came first, in 1982, as part of the Marvel Comics Super Special series. It doesn’t seem to be available in any area libraries, but I found a pretty detailed blog post about it:
The Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? comic is by Tony Parker, and was published in 2009. NYPL and John Jay have it. Here is the Web site for it (note the line “the inspiration for Blade Runner” on the cover):
There have been two Blade Runner video games. The first was released in 1985 for Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. The cover for this game claims, somewhat bizarrely, that it is “a video game interpretation of the film score by Vangelis”. This is apparently due to licensing issues, although I can’t find much in the way of details. Some info here:
The second game adaptation came out in 1997 for Windows, and was much more successful. It is a story-oriented adventure game, rather than an action game like the older adaptation. Wikipedia has plenty of info:
There is a play-through video in multiple parts, starting here:
Searching eBay for “Blade Runner action figure” turns up some knockoffs under names like “Blade Hunter” and “Android Hunter”:
Perhaps the Do Androids derivatives that are of the most theoretical interest are three novels, Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995), Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night (1996), Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon (2000; also known as Beyond Orion), written by K.W. Jeter, a friend of Dick’s who also wrote novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes. The three “Blade Runner” novels are apparently meant to serve as sequels to both Dick’s novel and the film; Wikipedia claims that they “attempt to reconcile many of the differences between the novel and the film”. The Wikipedia page for Blade Runner 2 has a list of some elements that the sequel borrows from either the novel or the film, as well as a finicky list of ways in which it contradicts them.
Blade Runners 2 and 3 are available at main branch NYPL. Blade Runner 4 has never been published in the US, and is harder to find here. It could probably be gotten through ILL.
There have been a handful of other sequels and sort-of sequels to adaptations of Dick’s novel—although we might not want to count them of as sequels to the novel itself. David Peeples, co-writer of Blade Runner, claimed that his later movie Soldier was a “sidequel” to Blade Runner. There is also a sequel to the Tony Parker comic adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, entitled Dust to Dust. I can’t find a copy of this in a library, but there is some info here:
The TV series Total Recall 2070 is primarily based on the film Total Recall, which was adapted from Dick’s short story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale”, but it also borrows aspects of Do Androids/Blade Runner. Here is the two-part pilot on YouTube:
Last but not least, in a somewhat bizarre reversal, Dick was offered $400,000 to write a novelization of the film Blade Runner, which he turned down. He discusses the negotiation in this interview:
What we ended up with instead is the “movie tie-in” version of the novel, which has been retitled Blade Runner: