I want to run away from this myself.
I'd not entrust anything to someone called "Bud".
Fans of Blade Runner will certainly raise an eyebrow at the news that production outfit Alcon Entertainment is in "final negotiations" to acquire the prequel and sequel rights to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Poster for original Blade Runner movie According to Reuters, the company is cutting a deal with holder Bud Yorkin, who was …
Hmmm, I remain to be convinced. To be fair the original film was awful, but the DC corrected pretty much all that was wrong with it and turned out to be a really good film.
I wish Hollywood would (gah!) give additional weight to artistic merit. Take Pirates for example - decent, fun film. Then they go and make the abominable sequels. Same with The Matrix, and a hat full of other films. It's just lazy film making.
You can partly thank Bud Yorkin for the 'awful' original (though it wasn't THAT bad).
When the filming went over-budget he and Jerry Perenchio effectively fired Ridley Scott and took over the production. Then, when the initial preview screenings were poorly received by thick American test audiences that couldn't understand the plot, they hired one of the script writers for Columbo to pen a 'Film Noir' style voice over to explain what was happening to 'teh stupids'. Oh, and they also had that lame happy ending added.
Anyway, fuck knows what kind mess these new films will turn out to be...
'Sorry, I remember when it was out'
You saw TRON at the cinema when it first came out? Yes, so did I. Not sure why you assumed I wouldn't have done. I'm not saying TRON is as good as Blade Runner by any means, but it was unique, compelling and entertaining. The sequel was just a bad joke in comparison, and it would be even more upsetting to see Blade Runner abominated in the same way.
That movie studios have run out of original ideas and just prefer to churn out prequels and sequels to previously made classics (although Blade Runner managed to completely miss the point of 'Do Androids dream of electric sheep') and then scream blue murder about 'piracy' hitting their bottom line. Make a good, original movie and the money will come... oh yes it will.
Not only is John Hurt the only actor of the bunch I'd trust further than a quadriplegic could throw them, but the Director has the London Olympics promotion video listed as an example of work. I did like Dan Abnett's books, though.
Still, why the Ultraqueens?! Screenplay of Space Wolf, obviously!
... don't mention "2061" then... ;-) - chasing Halley's comet, life on Europa, and Heywood Floyd joining HAL and Dave Bowman in the monlith.
And especially don't mention "3001", when Frank Poole is found and resurrected, and Lucifer stops shining so the solar system goes back to one sun again. Plus several major contradictions to the other three books, but ACC always maintained that he wasn't writing for continuity in the these last two.
Bladerunner is one of my all time favorite films and I can't see how you would improve it. It was a product of it's time with stunning visuals and a great sound track. The new version will be all slo mo jumping around and blowing stuff up. Who would play Decard Ashton Kutcher???
Look, Hollywood, we all know you are a bunch of talentless, clueless voids with less combined talent that a dead ant's little toenail posesses, but come on. Even with your greedy reliance upon mindnumbing-sequel after mindnumbing remake, there is still NO reason for you to fuck up Yet Another good film.
Just leave the hell alone.
Better still, just all fuck off and let some genuinely talented people with ORIGINAL ideas have a shot at making films again.
Surely it's the pinnacle of horrible ideas. Then again, in this age of "replication and hollowing" Philip K. Dick's idea of simulated realities becoming actually simulacrum inside the cinema is *at least* poetic justice of some kind. Maybe, just maybe, this one franchised classic might implode the overheated industry and make us all retire from over-engineered hyper-fabricated entertainment once and for all. After which we're free to upload our minds to BeTube, waiting for Clicks to Happen.
From the Director who brought you "Arthur 2: On the Rocks", the producer who brought you "Love Hurts" and the writer of the critically acclaimed 1962 "Andy Williams Special":
Bladerunner 2: Time to Live
Bladerunner 0: Does anyone have a charger for a Nokia Sheep?
I can hardly wait. Do you think they'll be in 3D too? I might explode with excitement.
Maybe I shouldn't have watched every episode of Max Headroom back to back...
I could make a great prequel and sequel with a couple of hundred million dollars.
Reason: The Blade Runner universe offers vast possibilities and doesn't need to be restricted to the plot of an ex-cop running around after some robots.
Off-world colonies; attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; the demise of virtually all animal life on Earth; the ascendancy of AI; the politics of a crumbling planetary society.
There's plenty of scope to make some great films there.
Of course it will never go that way because virtually everything's dumbed down and risk-averse these days. Which is a great pity. If things had always been that way, Blade Runner would never have been made at all.
Without exaggeration, the mere thought of George Lucas being involved suddenly made me very nauseous.
If they do make another film, and I hope that never happens, I will refuse to watch it no matter who was in the producer/director/writer chairs. My memories of the original star wars films was forever tarnished by seeing the 'prequels' but those original films never came close to true sci-fi classics like Blade Runner in my opinion. Whatever the disappointment I felt about Lucas' butchery, it would be so much worse to have Blade Runner ruined for me.
They can make prequels and sequels all they want. Shirley, we just need to approach them as elaborate spoofs, the more seriously they make them, the more hilarious they become.
With this mindset, many of the sequels mentioned in the comments yield decent entertainment. A good time can be had for all.
"At last the circle is complete! This is the final video review of the third and last Star Wars Prequel "Revenge of the Sith". In this 3 part review/critique/documentary/satire/educational film/parody analysis Mr. Plinkett explores the film and how it wasn't as fantastic as you might have thought. He also looks at the Star Wars saga in general... ; so sit back and enjoy."
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Blade Runner 2,3 and 4 are books by K W Jeter, and actually quite good. Really explain lots of things, come up with original ideas to tie in to things seen in the film, and, if followed, probably wouldn't make bad films.
But of course, the sequel will be shit, because it's Hollywood.
Well I haven't for a good reason: I was trying to repress the memory of Blade Runner 2 which tried (and completely failed) to square the circle between Do Androids... and the film Blade Runner and was a hopeless mish-mash that failed to comprehend that the two were entirely different entities.
BR2 ties into the film in the same way that the porn remake of Pirates of the Carribean ties into Cutthroat Island. For starters, Jeter made JR Isidore and J.F. Sebastian separate characters appearing in the book, despite Sebastian being a) a renamed Isidore and b) dead. It's one of the worst sequels ever written; even the author has apologised for his shameful lack of research.
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There ARE sequels to the book. They were written by K.W. Jeter. If you haven't heard of him, for shame! Philip K. Dick was his mentor. Dick helped him get his first novel, 'Dr. Adder,' published. The book was so far ahead of the S/F curve that it took over ten years to get published (the novel was finished in 1972 but not published until 1984). Dick thought that had the novel been published when written, it would have been considered the first cyberpunk novel. So the guy has the chops. If the new movies use Jeter as a basis, there's actually a certain amount of hope for them.
Bladetoddler; In the beginning
Featuring scenes from Deckard's traumatic and formative early life, including the death of his electric goldfish, Bubbles, in acccident involving an NiMh pack an incorrect charger and a frying pan. Plus the incident where an early Nexus One, employed as his Nanny went rogue after the young Deckard repeatedly issued contradictory instructions on how he wanted his boiled egg cooked; she tied him to the sofa and made him watch back to back remakes of popular seventies classic films for 14 straight days.
Funrunner: After Rachel
After Rachels unfortunate demise only two hours after the end of The Original, Deckard is left in something of a quandry having rather burned his bridges back in LA. After a string of unsatisfying manual jobs, he enrols in a New York business school, where he once again bumps into Gaff, now head of security at the local Kmart. Pooling their expertise, they open a store together in Greenwich Village selling 'built to order' origami animals to the BDSM community, while whiling away the evenings whoring, drinking and arguing over whether replicant sex was better than human sex.
Some things were meant to be left as they were for all time; perfect.
Dr Adder was an appallingly bad book.... it was like he'd gathered up all the bits cut from other more successful books an dthen bound them into a single volume using the original page numbers.
Jeter wouldn't know an original idea if it jumped in front of him waving a flag. The fact that Philip K Dick was his mentor doesn't suprise me because apart from a couple of gems Dicks books are also unreadable. I offer exhibit A "The Zap Gun" but you could pretty much pick any of Dicks books.
NB not to be confused with Dicks short stories!
>As long as he has a young, underprivileged, angry-but-with-a-good-heart black child sidekick<
Oh great! Will Smiths annoying kid, you know they'll do it.
>Not forgetting the abomination that was 2010.<
Hang on, you do realise Arthur C Clarke wrote it, and the director phoned thru' all script variations to the author - it was a good little movie (influenced a Stargate SG1 ep). Try reading ACCs 3001, that was trying (and I loved that man like my father). 2061 was ok, we finally found out what had lain in the heart of Jupiter all that time, ejected when it turned into (spoilers) a sun.
>Either that or Battlestar Galactica 2003 was...<
Thank you...BSG 2003 = spiritual successor to 'Do androids dream...'
As for Hollywhore rebooting/remaking these films I'm not really fussed, I've got the originals, nothing can take away from them, and shit, you never know, they might make something great (I'm an optimist), I enjoyed Avatar... in 3D no less, didn't bother paying to see Clash of the Titans or Tron or Gullivers Travels, nor bothered watching 'em. I did get suckered into paying for 3D Alice in Wonderland but sometimes you have to take one for the kids, and it wasn't excruciatingly bad.
The future of film making looks bright too, with independents creating original stuff on shoestring budgets with stories needing to hold the project aloft.
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