From what I understood the rights issue is so complicated it probably won’t happen soon, unless someone in charge at these companies gets their heads out of their asses.
User ‘slartibartfasts’ wrote the following on GOG’s request forum a year ago. No idea where they get it from or what relation they have to it all:
“Sadly we looked into getting this game remastered but it’s just so difficult to achieve as Westwood merged with Virgin so the rights transfered to Virgin but Virgin sold Westwood to EA because of financial issues and to further complicate things, Virgin was sold to Titus who were then taken over by Interplay (well their intellectual property was) and to cut a long story short the IP could be owned by Interplay, EA but then it also gets more complex because if it’ belonged to Interplay it could belong to anyone as they sold their IP off to anyone who bid enough.
That leads us on to who owns the rights to Blade runner is it Ridley Scott, Warner Bros or Phillip K Dick. We also attempted to aquire the rights to the Discworld Games and this was simple in comparison to the ownership rights to the Discworld Games. Maybe one day we will get them remasted as we havent given up but it’s been hard work and after three years we are only slightly closer to working out who owns the rights to both Blade Runner and Discworld. Fingers crossed we will get their and when we do GOG will be the first place we release them.”
I think there comes a point where GOG should just make it available, save the proceeds, and wait until someone proves they own the rights… would probably be a legal mess and they’d get sued to hell and back doing that though, times being what they are. Sigh…