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Replicants!! BLADE RUNNER Prequels And Sequels Soon Spinning To The Big Screen??

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Warner-based Alcon Entertainment (“Insomnia,” “Traveling Pants,” “The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”) just issued a press release that indicates it’s close to a deal to produce prequels and sequels to Ridley Scott’s beloved replicant sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”

“Blade Runner” came out the same year I began my career as a newspaper film critic (I’m old!), and it’s difficult to remember now how reviled this movie was among the era's critical establishment. Even today, Roger Ebert maintains, "It looks fabulous, it uses special effects to create a new world of its own, but it is thin in its human story."

Siskel & Ebert, critics I continue to regard as the smartest in the business, launch their disparagement at the 2:10 mark:

I loved the movie so much upon its initial release I began to question how fit I was to pursue a career in entertainment journalism. I was genuinely afraid I'd be fired for putting it on my top-ten list for the year.  

Pleasure model Pris' encounter with the scientist-toymaker Sebastian haunts through the decades, as does Roy Batty's showdown with his creator. Batty's final gesture toward his cop-tormentor is a comment on the human condition that resonates for me as little else in cinema does.

So it’s weird and wild and crazy that enough confused old movie critics have died or retired for “Blade Runner” to emerge as the cinematic colossus we now know it to be.  As this press release below points out, it's now in the National Film Registry and is routinely hailed as one of the finest sci-fi movies ever forged.

Will the prequels and sequels live up to the original?   Can they lock down people as accomplished as Ridley Scott and David Peoples and Hampton Fancher?

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 3, 2011—Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”) co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, in the most significant property acquisition negotiations in the Company’s 13-year history, are in final discussions to secure film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic 1982 science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner.”
Alcon is negotiating to secure the rights from producer-director Bud Yorkin, who will serve as producer on “Blade Runner” along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Alcon’s franchise rights would be all-inclusive, but exclude rights to remake the original. The Company, however, may produce projects based on situations introduced in the original film.
The project would be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. International rights are yet to be determined. Johnson and Kosove stated: “We are honored and excited to be in business with Bud Yorkin. This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us. We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”
Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by countless polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, "Blade Runner" was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark “Alien.”
The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). “Blade Runner” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society. Alcon’s COO Scott Parish and head of business affairs David Fierson are negotiating on behalf of the Company.

At the 4:05 mark, Siskel & Ebert still sound strangely lukewarm about the project as they appraise Scott's narration-free 1992 re-edit:


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  • March 2, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Um. wut.

    by jimmy_009

  • March 2, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    But don't they know if they don't...

    by jimmy_009 up to the originals it completely ruins the originals forever? Or wait, not that doesn't happen. I say why not.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by aphextwin


  • March 2, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Just a hunch...but these will likely be horrific.

    by Toruk_Makto

  • March 2, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 2, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    then i rmember they made a shitty adaptation of it called Surrogates

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 2, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Not entirely true jimmy

    by A for Aristocrat

    The Matrix sequels and Star Wars prequels make me love the originals a little less....cant help it.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    blade runner

    by Spanky

    best movie made for science fiction, other than 2001

  • March 2, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Will Deckerd be a Replicant in the sequel?

    by Zardoz

    Maybe Sir Ridley can direct after his non-Alien prequel?

  • March 2, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Does anyone have any interest in this

    by _Venkman

  • March 2, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    re: mr ahole ramirez

    by Traveler 27

    the thing about Philip K Dick (the author) is that his stories, while technically science fiction, have their heart in very human stories and considerations. They are more like Twilight Zone stories, in some respects, or accounts of people going crazy and seeing things. Blade Runner is, oddly enough, a very quiet, small movie. Not a lot of chases, no lasers, none of that stuff; in fact, it's more a film noir than anything else (some like to call it a Tech Noir, but that's another debate) I wouldn't worry about what others have to say about what you think or feel. Screw that. But I will say that, even if you don't like sci-fi, you will be missing out on one of the true classics of cinema, in general, kind of like not having seen Citizen Kane, Rocky, or a Humphrey Bogart movie at least once. If you do decide to see it, I recommend the FINAL CUT, which differs from all the other versions, has NO VOICE OVER, and is the best representation of this film. IMO. and even if you don't like it, at the very least, it is a very cool movie to look at. Top notch.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO!

    by kevred

    Of course it won't be any good. Of course they won't get the talent they had with the original. These questions aren't even worth asking rhetorically. The original is a classic. There's no going back to that well. Nothing good will come of it. It's ridiculous that this is even being considered.

  • It doesn't take genius to recognize a masterpiece (and its potential for exploitation) 29 years after it comes out. Let them find some little-known property and turn it into a movie of Blade Runner's status. However, they could produce some good Blade Runner stuff.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Just make a more faithful DADOES movie.

    by ROBRAM89

    It's different enough to be worth doing.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    What an awful idea

    by glue

  • March 2, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Is nothing is sacred....?!!!!!!!

    by blackflowerX

    Bastards.<BR><BR> Why do this???!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Yes, go back to the book

    by glue

    Leave Blade Runner alone.

  • written by one of the the Blade Run- oh look seriously why fucking bother!? Surrogates, Caprica / Battlestar Galactica.... 3 really limiting examples there, but you get the point: just do your own fucking sci-fi franchise with robots or replicants! Blood & Chrome has earnt itself the nod of a giant mecha-snake in my book, it hasn't just shit it out while watching Ridleys re-issue on the toilet and going "oh yeah!" <p><p> I'd much rather see a Dues Ex movie... pay homage to at least the mood and tone of Blade Runner while having an amazing paradox or splitting of utopian-dystopian world and setting/s, people and factions, environments... the gentle soothing hum of a high tech security camera and noises in a senators hi-tech hotel room corridor captured with mood and music only anime like Experiments Lain can seem to pull off....before finding a sneaky way in of assasinating the poor bugger or hearing what he has to say...sci fi, wire like break down/up of society culture and politics, indivuduals and reason, 'the invisible war' and all around/within it as commentary-satire...perfect perhaps for a film, but definitely an expensive well loved nurtured written directed live action or anime... if the origional creators (of Deus Ex) were on the game franchise currently i'd feel otherwise...<p><p>...but Blade Runner exists perfectly right now in the holy trinity of PKDs novel, Ridleys film, and the folks responsible for that brilliant brilliant complimentary game (that makes me shed a tear inside when i think of it paired with Beneath a Steel Sky...fuck it develop that into a film instead!....gag-ball PW Anderson and lock him in a cellar first!)

  • March 2, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by blackflowerX

    It's not a perfect film (what is?), but watch it....Its still beyond lush.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by Smack_Teddy

    i'm worried to recommend Blade Runner to anyone, let alone yourself Sir, as its the kind of film that if you love it in your heart it only hurts that someone else would not...<p>i'll say this though, i'd bet that if your the kind of person who thinks that nothing in 'Never Let Me Go' actually happens, then you likely wont dig Blade Runner alone in terms of plot, to be simple about it.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Herc - Regarding Ebert's opinion of Blade Runner

    by toshiro-solo

    He's revised his thoughts over the years. Original dislike gave way to mild approval of the re-edit, which in turn gave way to definite approval of the Final Cut. In fact, he included the Final Cut in his list of the Great Movies. I thought it was cool of him to admit to an honest reassessment of the film. I'd be interested to hear/see more critics talk more about movies that they've come to appreciate more (or perhaps less) since their original reviews. Anyway - wanted to point that out.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Herc, Ebert has recanted...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ... he devoted a column to it in his "The Great Movies" series, admitted he was wrong, and said it had joined the canon. What's a little surprising to me about it is that he was a member of sf fandom in the Fifties, producing his own fanzine; you'd think he'd have been a little more predispsed to like it than he was. You are right about the dismissal of it at the time, though. After the bad reviews, and because of its deviations from the Dick book it was based on, I was reluctant to see it myself. My date said she wanted to see it because she'd heard great things about the production design (she was a designer herself, and its look was practically the only thing about it getting any praise;I was still surpised, since she wasn't a big fan of sf, and hated Star Wars). We gave it a shot, and saw it in a nearly empty theater, where it was projected for the first few minutes with the entire image squeezed into the middle (horizontal) third of the screen, an ominous start, indeed.* But by the end, we were astonished that it had turned out to be such an intensely moving film, and couldn't understand why it had gotten such terrible reviews. She actually wanted to see it again, but it disappeared before we could go back. My, how things have changed... *I have still never seen that magnificent LA cityscape the way it was meant to be seen, nor was it the only time that theater screwed me over. The projector there broke down 3 times during Risky Business, the last time 5 minutes before the end, and it wasn't fixed for another 15. I usually hate to see theaters close down, but I was happy when that one did.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    One of the best

    by proevad

    movie going experiences of my life. A kid and his mother just about the only two people in the theater. There aren't too many films where I can remember everything about seeing it for the first time. This is one of those, like Alien, Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders, Goodfellas. You know it's going to be a masterpiece within the first 5 minutes--and you're gone--in another world for hours. To those who haven't seen it, I envy you. Blu-ray, dark room, headphones. Enjoy.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Consider this...

    by Karl Hungus

    It's been nearly 30 years since Blade Runner. It broke the mold in every known way in terms of how it immersed the viewer in its future world. You would think that there would be an infinite amount of future dystopian worlds the human imagination could dream up. What was the last dystopian future to come to us from a director of note? I would say it might be the deleted future Earth sequence from James Cameron's uncut Avatar. What did that future look like? Rainy, neon, congested streets, mega-buildings, etc. That future came from a so-called visionary nearly three decades after Blade Runner and it still looked like Ridleyville from 1982. Ridley Scott so perfectly nailed the visual language of the cinematic future with both Alien and Blade Runner and pretty much everything since has just been variations on those two films. There have certainly been some interesting futures since, such as in Gattaca, but none of them have the resonance that Blade Runner had. So I ask...what could the makers of these Blade Runner prequels/sequels/reboots possibly hope to accomplish other than an easy cash-in? What new territory can they explore, visually or thematically? And how can they possibly improve upon that original cast? Seriously. Is there any actor alive who could top Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty? Can there possibly be a more powerful emotional climax than his "Tears in rain" speech? And on top of that, everything makes Blade Runner so memorable will never, ever get through today's marketing driven studio system. SERIOUSLY...HOLLYWOOD...NEW IDEAS. NEW IDEAS. NEW IDEAS.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    Beat you to it! (Barely)

  • March 2, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I want a Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep movie

    by rahtard

  • March 2, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    ..if only

    by proevad

    you could see, what i've seen, with your eyes.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Fiery The Angels Fell..

    by Jobacca

    No prequel,no sequel,but another film set in the same universe? Yeah,that could be pretty cool. Maybe set it a few years down the line from Blade Runner and have another batch of replicants trying to escape and live...I could see the Rachel character becoming some sort of religious icon to the other replicants....she's "the one who got away",with Deckards help.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    G0dDammit Hollywood...

    by codecrackx15 ideas you freaking morons!!! Epic FAIL!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

  • March 2, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    It will suck but I want to see it

    by edwardpenishands

    It’s one of my all-time favorite movies and nothing will ever change that, not even a shitty sequel. If there is even a chance that they could catch lighting in a bottle twice my ass is in the seat.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Please no!

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    This is one movie that needs to remain pure and untainted by unnecessary follow ups.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I thought "Hobo with a Shotgun" was the sequal.

    by cookylamoo

  • March 2, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Bring it, the more Sci Fi Fantasy the better for me.

    by seabiscuits

  • March 2, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Shia for Deckard Jr.!

    by hank henshaw

    Had to be said

  • March 2, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    there are far many worse ways to spend a couple of hours,

    by frank cotton

    and if you wind up liking it, you'll be glad you did. spend the time. i've watched it twenty times (i keep a list, if you were wondering), and it NEVER gets old. played the game. read the book, read a book about the film (FUTURE NOIR: THE MAKING OF BLADE RUNNER by PAUL M. SAMMON), and am overdue for watching it again. frank loves the future (the scifi version, not what's actually coming, more on that later tonight), and goes there, vicariously, as often as possible. the present, like i need to tell you, sux

  • March 2, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    the only way these will be any good...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    is if they hand them over to great filmmakers like Fincher and not commericial hacks.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Blade Runner was a trilogy of books guys...

    by brocknroll

    If you do your research and do a little fact checking, Blade had three books. Phillip K. Dick wrote "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and K.W. Jeter wrote two more. In the film's defense, there is more story to be told.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by Boxcutter

    ...can' sad and angry. Inevitable really that the barrel-scrapers would get here, but we'll always have the original. Nothing they can do can harm its delicate, melancholy beauty. Can it? Sigh. Where's that old Warner Bros VHS...?

  • March 2, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Toshiro-solo: yup, you aced me...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ....gotta learn to type faster. And isn't The Great Movies a great series?

  • March 2, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Next up:

    by Fuzzyjefe


  • March 2, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    i remember the book really just being about a guy who wants a sheep

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    i remeber like 3 androids being killed off in like 4 pages

  • March 2, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Yesterday I walked past Dylan Baker...the pedophile from Happiness

    by Bobo_Vision

    I didn't realize it until he was almost past me, and I was about to stop him and tell him "I love your work", but I don't do that anymore. I've lived in New York long enough that I don't do that unless it's an actor I'm really gaga over. Baker was wearing a hunting cap like the one he wore in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Remember him, he's the one with the sinus troubles/chewing tobacco addiction.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST the pouring down wind.

    by frank cotton

    and, to continue, that, was, SPOILER, and, CRUEL SWING, by, JAWBOX, from, FOR YOUR OWN, etc. from, here on, i, will give, these, overlong titles, for, albums, ONCE, in, their entirety, and, abbreviate them, when/if, they, come up, again. carpal, tunnel. sux. SEARCHING WITH MY GOOD EYE CLOSED, and SLAVES AND BULLDOZERS, SOUNDGARDEN, BADMOTORFINGER, and, FIRE IN THE HEAD, THE TEA PARTY, THE EDGES OF TWILIGHT. that, last one's, excellent, especially, if, you, loved, JIM MORRISON's, voice. now, while, it's, only one, subject, tonight's RAVE, that is, i've, a lot, to, say on, it, so, we're, gonna, load up a, shitload, of, tunes, right now, to, tide us, over. so many, i, had to, give, frank, a list, and, oh, wait, that's right! ahem. this, is LOST HIGHWAY, and, i am (i've heard, that phrase, before, i, wonder...), your host, frank cotton. welcome, and, all that. to, continue, the songs you, will, be hearing, are, ok. one, other, thing i, know you, can't, hear them, i'm, not, that, far gone, i, just, like, to tell you, what, i'm, hearing while, i, do, this, and, hell, let's, face facts: FRANK, KNOWS METAL! DAMN RIGHT, HE DOES!. you, don't, see me, naming off a, bunch, of, pussy hair bands, do, you? or, a bunch, of, 'nu metal' (REALLY, despise, that term; it, AIN'T new, it's, just, DIFFERENT! alt metal, yeah, sure, that, sounds, ok) BULLSHIT, and, i'm, NOT saying it, is, ALL bs but, a, lot of it, JUST, PLAIN SUX! there, i've, said it, it's, out, in, the open, and, you, didn't have to, do, it, yourself. disagree, if, you, will and, you will, i, know, but, frank's, taste in, METAL (heavy is, just, like, redundant) is, IMPECCABLE! don't, like, much of, that, DEATH METAL, the, vocals suck, sorry, IT, IS, TRUE, haven't heard, any, BLACK METAL, but, did, hear the, vocals, ain't, any better. heard, again, of, something called, DARK METAL, just, haven't, ya know, actually, heard heard, it. yet. i, will, look into it, tho. back, to, the point, which, was, this time, that these, are, just what, i'm hearing, and, simply, SUGGESTIONS. feel, free to, listen, to whatever, crap, you, normally listen to (not SAYING, it IS, crap, just, saying), it, is, after all, at least, for, a little, while longer, a, free (more-or-less) world. you, will be (but, not really), hearing, HEAD TO WALL, QUICKSAND, SLIP, I (NOT, me, YOU) DON'T KNOW ANYTHING, MAD SEASON, ABOVE, PLAGUE MUSIC, VAUX, PLAGUE MUSIC (there's, one), SURPRISE! YOU'RE DEAD! FAITH, NO MORE, THE, REAL THING, UNTIL, THE END, KITTIE (teenage girls, who, rock harder, than, almost, any, guys), UNTIL THE, END (two), UGLY TRUTH, SOUNDGARDEN, again, LOUD, LOVE, and, last, for now, BULLET, IN, THE HEAD, RAGE, AGAINST, THE MACHINE, same (there's, a, pattern here, i, swear). gonna, hit, the can, grab, a, smoke, and, be, right back.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    on subject

    by frank cotton

    what i'd like to see, is an all-out war between a bunch of great directors for the rights to do an EXCELLENT prequel. good thing there's dreams...

  • or he starts to wonder "What about that stunning mysterious ominous enigmatic 'Ash' figure we got a glimpse of in Alien eh? How about him? Who was he, where did he come from!? What arcane, terrible amazing things might that imply are out there in the infinite mountainous depths of space & creation & madness to stir the imagination & make your soul tremble in fear and awe!"

  • March 2, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    can you

    by frank cotton

    make sense?

  • March 2, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    might as well be a copycat, nothing else imo.

    by theonecalledshoe

    I'll stick with some of the 5th element kids. As far as future world is concerned we're all just copying the past.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Those K.W. Jeter novels....

    by Jobacca

    Sucked refried monkey ass. They need to stay far,far away from those shitfests......

  • March 2, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    It'll be all CG of course

    by BenBraddock

    cause there's no way they could afford to do everything practical, like in BLADE RUNNER itself :-(

  • March 2, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    We will get a straight up adaptation of DADOES? out of this. I mean, Blade Runner is pretty unequaled in my book, but a big screen version, or even better, a tv miniseries based on the original book is something I'd like to see. I always felt the book and movie compliment each other niceley, there were parts of the book I would have liked to have seen put into the movie, and some parts of the movie I liked more than the book. Esp the climactic showdown between Deckard and Batty, which in the book, felt like it was reduced to some sort of standard action sequence, and not the beautiful melodramatic climax of the movie. Yeah, No Tears In The Rain speech in the book. I mean, every time I've watched the movie, I can't help but want to see more of this world they created and the characters that inhabit it. Could they do something that does an arguably more stronger narrative? I would see them if they would look to be worth checking out.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Siskel and Ebert were hardly likely to admit

    by V'Shael

    that they were too stupid to get it. No one wants to admit to being stupid. I found the same thing with Eyes Wide Shut. Instead of looking at Kubricks work and saying "Wow, this guy has been 20 years ahead of his time for so long... maybe audiences won't get this for a long time" they decided it was shit. Not that they would admit to not getting it. No, they had to say it was shit.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Anyone read the sequel book's?

    by UGG

    I remember they had something about Replicant's turning "human" and giving birth, because they were so far from earth or something. Batty was back as Deckard's sidekick and as a brain in a briefcase. Also Deckard take's some DMT like drug to go and meet the "dead" Sebastian somehow. It had something to do with the Tyrell family and a film company trying to make the BladeRunner movie on the moon, with Deckard as an advisor. I think it tried to be too much like a Dick story than a SciFi movie, but they were not terrible.

  • I might feel the same way about Sunshine for example, in a slightly lesser way comparitively

  • March 2, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Doing this will relieve the original of it's magic.

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    There is no way that tinkering with the world created by Ridley Scott and co will end any better than the Terminator franchise has done since T2. If they truly understand and “recognize the responsibility (they) have to do justice to the memory of the original…” then they’d buy the rights, lock them in a safe and drop it to the deepest depths of the ocean. I don’t think I can ever be enticed to ‘re-enter’ the world made in Bladerunner – if there is one thing that film had perfect, it was the setting and atmosphere. It’s funny, they can toy with the world all they want, but they can’t do a ‘remake’… to be honest, the only way I could get somewhat excited about any new “Bladerunner” film etc it would be if someone took to the material in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and re-adapted directly from it. It’s a great read and would make a great movie – the original film is quite far removed from that story iirc

  • March 2, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Do Androids Dream of WHAT THE FUCK ARE THEY THINKING??!?

    by Jollymorphic

    "You know, J.B., I put Blade Runner in to test the new BD player last night and I somehow sat through the whole thing, and the villain just fucking DIES at the end, without Han Solo ever even shooting him! So I thought, 'Well, we've gotta fix this!' I'm thinking maybe there's a piece of the replicant guy left and they clone him, and then the clone son escapes and goes after Solo. How about it?"

  • March 2, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Christ. When fans prefer a "re-imagining" to sequels

    by Larry Sellers

    you know you've got somethin special.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    video game and more stories

    by Traveler 27

    seems like 14 years ago, a Blade Runner video game was produced, following the exploits of a different Blade Runner (not Rick Deckard) check it out:

  • March 3, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    They already made a sequel, it was called Soldier....

    by The Dum Guy

    And, I'm looking over at Kurt Russel and he ain't laughing.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by Traveler 27

    IMO, it's definitely worth it to see it in its' best possible light. I saw the release of the Final Cut digitally projected in a theater, and the level of detail was unmatchable by any movie I have ever seen. No exaggeration- the layers of production design are not only legendary, they have influenced practically everything since. It also famously caused many problems between Ridley Scott and his masters at WB, so they actually completed the film without him- they added a voice over and had final say on the cut of the film. <br><br> Which is why the Final Cut is so important. Its' cult status and popularity have afforded Sir Scott the opportunity to recut the movie not once, but twice, resulting in the definitive version, The Final Cut. It is actually the movie that BEGAN the whole Director's Cut craze, when a new cut was released 10-15 years ago without the awful, dreaded narration. <br><br> There's a reason they never broadcast Blade Runner. They get so much dough from rentals and buys, they never have to. I think the only way you'll be able to see it is if you rent it (netflix, i recommend), or see it when it makes the rounds again in the theatres, which, if you live in a major city like SF, LA, NY, it is sure to do so, especially since the 30 year anniversary is coming up next year. Good luck, Sir.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    How many people can milk one idea?

    by justmyluck

    The thing about BR was that the Replicant mutiny was AN ANOMALY. Are we now getting some movie or T.V. series with Blade Runners being trained to 'retire' leagues of Replicants gone awry on a regular basis? At this rate, P.K.D. will be sourced for 60% of Hollywood product by 2019. I cannot see all these execs and producers returning to the 'Do Androids Dream..." novel simply because the film has become the financial template (i.e. "based on situations introduced in the original film"). "Do executives dream of cerebral labor?" The new CGI cityscapes and 'Off-World Colonies' will have ten-times the detail (yet be dark and in 3D of course). This 'news' just gets me pissed.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Huge Blade Runner fan...

    by otm shank

    and yet I have zero intrest in seeing this happen.<P> Not good.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by Traveler 27

    or you can rent it from amazon online for 3 bux. again, Good Luck. peace out!

  • March 3, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    The TKD effect remains in play!

    by DrMorbius

  • March 3, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    How about NO

    by disfigurehead

    Bad idea

  • March 3, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    That video game was AWESOME

    by Smack_Teddy

    everyone who loves Blade Runner should try and get hold of it

  • March 3, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Terrible Idea

    by fastcars

    And Hollywood wonders why ticket sales are down.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Dear Lord...

    by Warren Fahy

    They'll never get the theme of Scott's movie right. What was so courageous was that it made these demi-god-like superhumans into tragic heroes but defied the audience to recognize them as the heroes of the story. It actually tempts the audience to fear and hate them. "Aren't you supposed to be the good man?" Batty taunts Deckard at one point. Then it pulls the U-turn and shows you how the replicants were fighting for life, they loved life, and they're heroes because they are fighting for their own lives. Batty even appreciates the life of the man who hunted them down when he has finally been defeated. And their assassin falls in love with one of them. Wow. You just don't see balls like that in movies anymore. They'll substitute some stupid ass political shit about replicant rights or something and totally miss the individualism at the heart of the story. The reason it was so amazing is that it speaks directly to each person. It's about life, being alive, YOUR life, it's about freedom versus slavery, and they'll water it down to be about some kind of political group identity warfare because they don't know how to do anything else. Hopefully I'm wrong. But come on...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Oh man I dont know... I just dont know...

    by pax256

    This is my #1 MOVIE TO DATE. I dont mind them going back to that universe. But Im not so sure they should touch the original characters or their story at all. The exception being Joe Turkel in some prequel stuff but he's 84 now... He could maybe voice a CG version in a cameo role (or more if the effects are cheap enough now)... I dunno... The other actors are too old so cant be done I think. Heck they didnt even try with hundreds of millions in production loot with Ian Holm for The Hobbit. But then there was that great Westwood videogame and it worked fine. Ill see it no doubt tho... but Im torn, ambivalent and apprehensive. Ill keep a very low expectations approach. But like Star Wars the Blade Runner universe has enormous appeal. I could drown in that world for years. God if they fuck with any aspect, the look and feel or style... They ought to have Ridley involved I hope as creative consultant.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:44 a.m. CST

    No director working today could match the original

    by Jobacca

    And that includes Ridley Scott. 2011 Ridley Scott is a far cry from 80's Ridley Scott. Blade Runner was a movie that took its time and unspooled at a pace all its was like the cinematic equivalent of a jazz song. Whatever gets made today will be loud and crass and CGI3D...and PG-13. Maybe its best to just let this one the rain.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Welcome To A Future Of Suckage...

    by DeckardB26354

    As one might guess from my forum name, Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time. It's a total work of art revolving around Phillip K Dick's obsessions with memory and identity. A totally self-contained story that requires neither sequels nor prequels. Whatever films could be made will just be stylized action movies, and they will none of the intelligence or art of the first movie.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Leave the original alone

    by Shubniggorath

    Use and abuse the universe and setting all you want; there are some great stories to be told, just don't dilute the original. Let's see some badass cyberpunk shit... and yes cameos by Adama would be great.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Sad, desperate, dying Hollywood...

    by marineboy

    Someone turn off the life support machine please - I'm just sick of these cowardly, unambitious moves to make a few cheap bucks from a movie with a loyal fanbase. There are new ideas out there, just no one wants to front the money to invest in them. Makes me sick frankly, and I despair for creative writers in the future.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    NOTHING will EVER come even close to BLADE RUNNER.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    My most favorite movie of all time. And I always hoped that they'd never touch the holy grail of cinema. The day the sequel-prequel-whateverquel will be released will be the saddest day in cinema history. :-(

  • March 3, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    I'm going to agree...

    by bubcus

    ... I don't believe any sequel or prequel will come close to the caliber of Blade Runner. The aesthetic is amazing and inspiring. Sure we have revolutionary films like The Matrix and Inception to come but there's something about Blade Runner that holds it at the top. Alien and Blade Runner, to this day, hold some of my favorite set and environmental looks in film.

  • ...which I liked, and which I think were true to Philip K. Dick's batshit insane outlook on life in general, even though they had nothing in common (by intention) with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. For those of you who don't know, K.W. Jeter wrote sequel novels to the movie Blade Runner. This was done out of love for Dick (who actually saw and loved Blade Runner before his death). And Dick certainly would have appreciated the reality-gaming aspect of the idea of these books. Jeter was, in real life, one of Philip K. Dick's closest friends. I hope they'll use his novels as the basis for continuing on with Blade Runner. And I hope they hire an interesting director who won't make it look like weightless CGI crap.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    BladeRunner is, by far, my favourite Hollywood movie, but ...

    by OhWhatTheFeckEver

    ... I don't want them to make a prequel/sequel. I'll go see it/them if they make them, but I would really rather they didn't make them. The game, from back in the day, was abso-fucking-lutely awesome! For the love of all that's holy, can someone please update that game for modern consoles? Pretty please!

  • March 3, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I said it on the Robocop thread and I'll say it again here...

    by DiamondJoe

    ...this site is failing its audience (and the general moviegoing public) by not denouncing these kind of dollar-eyed, cynical, cash-grabbing exercises in riding on the coat tails of classic movies and milking every last drop they can out of every franchise and successful piece of work. What the fuck is wrong with you guys? On every reboot/remake announcement you're asking, "well, could be good - what do you guys think?" Same again here: "Will the prequels and sequels live up to the original?" You KNOW the fucking answers to these questions and should be shooting this kind of bullshit down as soon as its announced. Hey, it might not stop the fucking things from getting made, but at LEAST you'll have shown some balls in the face of this kind of cheap exploitation and you can say "we told you so" afterwards. But you're right, guys, carry on - we do need more Crystal Skulls, more Terminators, more Transformers, more Elm Streets, Titans, A-Teams, Robocops, Blade Runners. Keep 'em coming. They could be good. What do you guys think?

  • March 3, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    The problem with the original reviews...

    by Bill Clay

    ...was that back in '82 everyone was expecting another Star Wars. I walked out of the theater listening to people complain, "Where were the spaceships?" "Why didn't they have lasers?" I felt like the only one in that crowd who had appreciated the movie, and IIRC the box office take was weak. It's nice to see history vindicate BR as a work of art.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    I'm all for it

    by Kefrif

    Been a MAJOR Blade Runner fan for 20 years now, and I'm well up for this. They won't be remaking the original, which is the win for me. If you do it right (like the 1997 Westwood game), then there's so much artistic gold to be mined from the franchise. LikeI say, I approve!

  • March 3, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I'm not holding my breath

    by tomimt

    but let's hope this will turn out better than that Total Recall TV series, that had replicants in it.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Yes ptb PLEASE update the Blade Runner game for Steam, consoles etc!

    by Smack_Teddy

    it seriously deserves it and couldn't cost much to produce

  • March 3, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    the original is missing a flying car chase or

    by UltraTron

    body in trunk of flying car being dumped scene.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Bill Clay

    by Kefrif

    I agree for the strongest part with your commentary - there's really very little that is being remade/sequelled that has any point to it. T4 = shite, Transformers = shite, Elm Street = shite. But I'm not prepared to write off this one for two reasons. Firstly, the world of L.A 2019 is so richly layered and textured, that I desperately want to see more of it (one of the books was set in the summer - love to see that). Secondly, as utterly brilliant as the original was, Ford's criticism was right - it was a detective story without any detecting. A prequel/sequel could address that better. AND THEY AREN'T REMAKING THE ORIGINAL!! BIIIG WIIINNN!!!

  • Same thing happened with John Carpenter's THE THING.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Blade Runner prequels and sequels

    by kwisatzhaderach

    from the makers of The Blind Side and The Book of Eli. Awesome.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    This type of news is what puts the fear of god in me.

    by AsimovLives

    I could always have the same attitude i have with ROBOCOP and CONAN THE BARBARIAN and pretend that the sequels never existed. But this is BLADE RUNNER, so it cuts close to the bone, thus is troubles me. It troubles me the idea that they might make bad prequels ad sequels to BLADE RUNNER and that a once unique pearl of cinema might now be in the company of inferior movies.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Just release am Extended version of SOLDIER on Bluray...

    by Monkey_King

    That's set in the BLADE RUNNER universe too, but the film we got was cut to shit.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Pranks and Paradise!

    by davidrod1978

    ...are now on my movies to see list! Thanks!

  • March 3, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Sorry Bill Clay - meant to address that to diamondjoe.

    by Kefrif

  • March 3, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    prequel could have batty seeing things and no one believing him.

    by vulturess

    like attack ships on fire off the shoulder of orion. and watching c-beams glitter in the dark near the tannhauser gate. and everyone would be like- umm, no u didnt.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST


    by Tristan

    Yeah I read 'Edge of Human' or whatever it was. Not really memorable or necessary. I doubt they'll turn to that material for future reference. The idea of doing a direct adaptation of DADOES is actually pretty good. The book has a completely different feel to the movie. But those who have not seen The Final Cut of Blade Runner on Bluray are mssing out on one of the most brilliantly crafted immersive experiences brought to film. The fact that it's technically sci-fi is almost an afterthought, if you know what I mean.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST

    "Will the prequels and sequels live up to the original?"

    by Righteous Brother

    In a word..........No. Even if Ridley Scott was directing, from a script by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, with Douglas Trumbull could not be equalled let alone bettered. I would say it an impossibility. There is some kind of weird alchemy in Blade Runner that's transcendental. The struggle to get it made, a hot director and actor, the practical effects, Vangelis, the time it was made, the fashions, the multiple versions, everything come together and makes this perfect piece of art, it happens rarely in cinema, and I would say it would be nigh on impossible to replicate.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Well that was inevitable

    by KilliK

    next remake? Citizen Kane

  • March 3, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Interesting news on the 29th anniversary of Philip K. Dick's death

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    But what are the odds that any new movies would be anywhere close to as amazing as "Blade Runner?" How 'bout Hollywood tries embracing some new ideas for a change? Either that, or just make a film out of "the Man in the High Castle," or the "VALIS" books.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST


    by DiamondJoe

    "Firstly, the world of L.A 2019 is so richly layered and textured, that I desperately want to see more of it.... it was a detective story without any detecting. A prequel/sequel could address that better" Come on, do you SERIOUSLY believe that any studio in today's market will make a film that has an ounce of the intelligence and tone that the original has? I can fucking see it now - Shia as Deckard's son, a PG-13 rating and a comedy robot sidekick. No studio would have the balls to do something as cerebral as Scott did in 82.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Blade Runner Rises: Rise of the Blade!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Damn bags of shit. Remake next, right? <p><p> Oh, yeah, and how about Roborunner: Blade vs Robocop? That takes care of the crossover *and* comic book genre, too.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    They Could Do All Sorts Of Cool Things With This... But They Won't

    by NeonFrisbee

    The efx will look good and that's about it.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by Zombiana_Jones

    No, no ,no ,no ,no. NO. Just NO. Is nothing sacred? It's official, there's no hope left. There's no integrity left, either. And after this blurb, I'm beginning to believe there's no God, as well. You. Fucking. Philistines. What could you possibly attempt at add to this story? It just makes me sick. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that I no longer dream of 'making it' in the business... Because I now realize that if I did, I'd be surrounded by fucktards on all sides... And would quickly be placed in some facility after I tried to strangle as many as I possibly could. All I can say is, may the people responsible for this travesty die a lonely, miserable death after a prolonged bout with some nasty hemorrhagic venerial disease. FUCK. OFF.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    You'll turn it into The Matrix

    by marsellus7

    Please for fuck sake DO NOT DO THIS! There will be spinoffs and sequels all over the shop and each and every single one will suck in comparison to the original. More so, the sequels/ spinoffs will actually tarnish how great the original is. Look at The Matrix! Look at The Terminator! Both great films that were ruined by the sequels. When they were released, they were hailed as great sci-fi films. Now, they're looked at as good films in mediocre franchises. I really hope someone with power sees sense and stops this from happening!

  • March 3, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    So have they settled on 'Blade Runner Begins' for the title yet?

    by buggerbugger

    Because potential audiences need to be spoonfed this kind of shit in order to understand it. How long before movie titles just go full retard with 'Blade Runner Middles' and 'Blade Runner Ends'?

  • March 3, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Harry, take that animation down

    by Tristan

    You look like an amputee and it's just generally creepy.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    The Blade Runner videogame was great

    by KilliK

    they should update its graphics and put it on xbox live or something.It managed to capture the BR world perfectly and be part of the movie's story while standing on its own.great great game.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    How old is the Blade Runner videogame?

    by Tristan

    Not a gamer. What are the graphics like?

  • March 3, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Soldier was not bad,it is good popcorn fun.

    by KilliK

    Atrocities like TF2 are bad movies.besides the production of Soldier faced a lot of problems before its final release.And Russell's Todd character is fucking cool.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    the BR videogame was made in the 1997 and for

    by KilliK

    its time the graphics were considered very advanced and can see them for yourself here: the thing is that you do a lot of detective work in the game,something that was strangely missing from the movie despite the fact that the protagonist was a detective with a job to do.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Thanks Killik. Looks pretty good.

    by Tristan

    Particularly the use of colour and light.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    All I could do was sit there and watch him die...

    by Arafel

    I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life - anybody's life; my life. All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die. ~Rick Deckard, Blade Runner (1982)

  • March 3, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    yay...more shitty cgi to ruin a franchise with.

    by alienindisguise

    All of these classics are classics visually because of the excellent craftsmanship in model making and matte paintings. Once the Star Wars prequels come out on blu ray everyone and their grandmother will see why green screens and cgi aren't the way to go. Those flicks are going to look TERRIBLE!

  • March 3, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Blade Runner Episode 2: Attack of the Replicants

    by Mitch

  • March 3, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Followed by Blade Runner Episode 3: Revenge of the Pris

    by Mitch

  • March 3, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    David Peoples writer of Soldier

    by krod

    which had the blade runner car in it on the junk world

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  • March 3, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    BLADERUNNER was a masterpiece ahead of its time.

    by wonderboy2402

    Somehow I expect BR shorts to be awful in comparison or become much more of an action film then NOIR. Oh well, I guess I still would like to see the universe expanded upon.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    I love Blade Runner and yet, I don't know about this.

    by shutupfanboy

    If they get Harrison back, I might be interested. I don't want to know if Decker is a replicate or not, leave it a mystery. They damn well, but put the voice over in that is what made it film noir.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Old Man Decker

    by ScruffyNerdHerder

    Make a sequel, only if Ford can be signed up. After all, he did a wonderful job bringing Indy back to life decades later in Kingdom of..the...ummm....nevermind, DON'T MESS WITH BLADERUNNER!!!

  • March 3, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Christ NO! This news proves it...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...the world really WILL end in December, 2012!

  • March 3, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Umm... sequel to Blade Runner?

    by ChickenStu

    Aren't they about 20 years too late?

  • March 3, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Still lying, AssLives?

    by DocPazuzu

    Last time I checked, Sweden was a European country and the whole Swedish corps of critics panned not only Blade Runner in 1982, but also Star Trek II and, yes, The Thing. <p> I've schooled you on this fact numerous times before yet you persist in shoveling this particular load of horseshit every chance you get. You're a total liar and an all-round scumbag.

  • March 3, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Wow, I am really high on Xanac right now.

    by Arafel

    I wish I could comment on this, but I can't. Well, I guess I could comment on it, but it wouldn't make sense. Blade Runner. Great movie. One of Harrison Ford's best. The Replicants were like the slaves of the Old South, and the corporations were like the planations were they worked. Woooooooooooooooooooooo....

  • March 3, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    Good to see that there are only a handful of cretins on this talkback shameful enough to suggest that anything good can come out of this. Could we all possibly club together to hire someone to whack the fuckers that are pushing this nonsense? Be doing the human race a favour. I'm in for a few quid.

  • This could go be terrifically fantastic or an absolute disaster depending on the people involved w/ these new properties...odds are, a disastrous abomination as there are few people who could be entrusted with such a property.  I certainly wouldn't want the job--the bar is set too high and expectations unattainable.  In all likelihood, Blade Runner will end up a train wreck of a property w/ cheap substandard television shows and movies much like the terrible substandard Star Wars prequels and tv shows and merchandise avalanche oversupply that effectively murdered star wars to death in pursuit of the almighty dollar.  History has proven, more often than not, leave a good thing alone.  All the best things are new and different and unique. Not replicants. 

  • March 3, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    frank cotton = stark raving loon

    by Astronut

    let's be honest.

  • March 3, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    as for Blade Runner

    by Astronut

    I was thrilled beyond words with Jaws... Star Wars... Alien... but Blade Runner just did not resonate with me. And I have always loved sci-fi. I was about 15 years old if I remember correctly. Saw this one in the theater and felt electrified by the visual aesthetic. But I was NOT loving much else. The awful, awful, FREAKING AWFUL... WOODEN DIALOG by Harrison Ford "I'm a cop... it's my job..." type shit... such horrible writing and horrendous delivery! I tried watching the Director's Cut on DVD a couple of years ago and fell asleep. I would consider watching this again, to accept it fully, maybe even be entertained fully, on a 60 or 70-inch screen with cans. I would do that.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    BR was the total opposite of the book

    by SmokingRobot

    In the book the Androids were soul-less automatons that needed to be killed, not 'super human' replicants that showed our hero how to live. Earth was empty because everyone had migrated to space, not super-crowded. Everything was dry and sunny, not raining all the time.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Origin of title 'Blade Runner'

    by SmokingRobot

    It was a novel by Alan E. Nourse and they had to buy it from him. It has absolutely fucking nothing to do with the book or the story. It makes as much sense as the rest of the movie. Yes, E & S were spot on - this movie was a narrative mess. But great set design.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by HughHoyland

    Soldier is a "sidequel" rather than a sequel. Takes place is the same universe, but really is a completly different story all together. Or at least thats what the writer said. They had tried to get it made for many years. When they finally did (as with many like projects) it was hampered with pre-production and budget issues. I've only seen it once and not all the way through. So I would like to see it again.

  • Those two assclowns would be perfect to fuck up the Blade Runner to-be-franchise beyond all solution. Jar Jar Piss Abrams is perfect to fuck up prequels, as he so very well demonstrated with his STINO SHIT movie. Bay proves that when it takes for sequels, he always make them much worst then the original. So, this guys are perfect, if you really want to fuck up Blade Runner.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    The plot was thin.

    by mastermold

    I love Blade Runner; it's one of my favorite films. The look and feel of the movie is amazing and there were great performances and moments. It struck a nerve with me in a positive way but the plot was thin and I can understand why people have reservations still about it.

  • Why AICN does that, i don't know. But it does feel like betrayal, for the lack of a better word.

  • So I can dance a jig of delight when I read about your bankruptcy filing after they fail horribly at the box office and none of your "creative" executives are ever heard from again. Please. I double-dare you.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by DiamondJoe neither, and I'm sure the site never used to give these fuckers such an easy ride. Something really 'aint right when a movie site by fans, for fans, isn't making a concerted effort to slam the exhumation and recycling of treasured pieces of art (at least as far as we're all concerned). Although I, er, quite liked Abrams Trek, but probably just because it wasn't a TNG film, which were all jaw-droppingly shit.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    most overrated movie of all time

    by spidercoz

    By one of the most overrated directors of all time, with a script that was a fucking hack job. Sure, it looks awesome, but what the fuck happened to the story? Gutted and left for dead on the cutting room floor or, more likely, just left in the book by the incompetent nitwits who wrote the screenplay. All of the depth and gravitas of the book, fucking gone. Half of the characters nowhere to be found and the others rewritten to try and cover up the glaring holes left by the butchering. Classic example of a movie trying to be more intelligent than it is capable of being, because the people in charge didn't understand the source material. Now, thirty years later we have apologists and sycophants trying to sound like film connoisseurs saying how "brilliant" and "ahead of its time" it was. Whatever. Good thing PKD died before it came out. Blade Runner was a bigger abortion of a movie than League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And what pisses me off the most about it, not one electric sheep.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    diamondjoe, frankly, i don't even remember much of the TNG movies.

    by AsimovLives

    But i remember them well enough to know that Abrams' STINO abortion is a remake of ST:NEMESIS.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You couldn't be more wrong.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by rbatty024

    Leave well enough alone Hollywood, please, just this once.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Repo Men

    by REDD

    Watched that recently, definite Blade Runner influence. But nothing has equaled or topped that film since it's release.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    BR was a

    by Shaner Jedi

    product of its times and forward looking at the same time. Sequels wouldn't have the same impact in today's world.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by spidercoz

    coming from you I'll take that as a compliment

  • March 3, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I thought there already was a Blade Runner show...

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    ... It was called Battlestar Galactica, but really should have been titled 'Replicants in Space.' They even went so far as to ape the Vangelis synthesizer sound.

  • Psycho was remade, and that remake it was completely worthless in my view, but in no way did it impact my love for the original. The Exorcist was remade, and that remake was completely worthless in my view, but in no way does it remove any of the luster from the original. If anything it enhances my love for that movie. And with just a touch of cheek, How many times has Batman and Superman been remade? Nothing wrong with having a passion for some movies, but why would that passion dim even slightly because of a remake, and if it did not, why even bother to get worked up about such?

  • March 3, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Love the film but....

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I still don't buy the film was made with he intention of identifying Deckard was a replicant - I think Scott just saw the opportunity to stir up a potential question/controversy as a way to mitigate the fact it was a box office failure. I've watched the AFI interviews and bonus material, for some reason it just doesn't strike me as genuine. Deliberately ambiguous maybe, but if Deckard is a replicant it lessons the significance of Batty's actions considerably.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    spidercoz, no, it's an insult alright.

    by AsimovLives

  • Funny enough, that ended up originating a funny moment in the MAKING OFF documentary in the BLADE RUNNER DVD, when in an interview with Edward James Olmos, he has a freudian slip and calls the BR's replicans as "cylons". I fell to the floor laughing, it was funny like hell. The makers of the documentary could had used another take, but they decided to leave the one with the Olmos's goof. Good fun.

  • A canadian SF show, if i'm not mistaken. Despiste the title, the show was more BLADE RUNNER then TOTAL RECALL. I never saw it, but iheard it was quite good.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah- We all know that Blade Runner was ahead of it's time.

    by Playkins

    It's a shame that time seemingly hasn't happened yet. The problem with Blade Runner today is that there have been a ton of movies that have realized a Cyberpunk landscape just as well. It's just not something that special any more.<P> Which makes me wonder- why no Neuromancer film yet?

  • One can watch the movies made before and after those movies, and you can tell how strong their imediate influence was to the genre. The influences are unmistaken. The interesting thing about BLADE RUNNER is that it's a movie that caused a huge influience on the Sf genre, and yet it was a movie that flopped commercially, at least in the USA. 2001 and STAR WARS were comemrcial sucesses at the time they were put in the theaters, so it's not unexpected they were influencial for obviosu reasons. BLADE RUNNER, however, is the ninja of the group. American box office failure and a movie many though would disapear from the map, then just a few years later and every each futuristic movie was reference it directly or indirectly. It's strange and unepxpected that a movie that didn't proved to be a massive hit when first released ended up being such a major influence and changed the genre so strongly. Which, i guess, is a testement to the quality of the film. You can't truly put down a rreally great movie.

  • That is the whole point about complaining about a remake that will not have any effect on the original, because people just want to bitch! When you cease being so reasonable and asking sensible questions - then, maybe then, you will get even more unreasonable answers!

  • March 3, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by spidercoz

    thanks for clearing that up I'm curious, do they have sarcasm in whatever idiot country you're from?

  • March 3, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Imagine a Blade Runner that looked great AND was fun to watch!

    by Onin Solstice

    The most beautiful sci-film ever made (hows that for taking a stand) is also a massive snoozefest. What BL needs is action and some more rooftop chases.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    This is kinda like..

    by HermesTrismestigus

    When they made escape from L.A...they seemed to have forgotten Escape from New York was a cult hit that made no money..I loved Escape from New York but I thought a sequel was a stupid idea & couldn't believe a studio would put money into it. Don't see how this can be successful especially trading off the first picture which was very expensive and made no money....unless they are going to do a remake with action. But maybe this is just a press release put out there by producers & investors to gauge the reaction and interest in such a project..I mean it worked for Tron...but I'm not buying this news just yet.

  • ... when right at the start of the film, rioght after the opening crawl, we have this gigantic words saying LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 2019. And trust me, they are gigantic if you watch them on a theater screen. I have seen BR at least 6 times on the big screen, and the location and date info do look gigantic. how could had Ebert missed that much? and this is one reason why i think reviewers back thenare not to be trusted with their opinions of films like BLADE RUNNER. It's as if they went to watch the movie agaisnt their will, and didn't particulary payed atention, their minds were elsewhere. The other fella who's not Ebert saying there is no story and it doesn't go anywhere, did he slept through the movie? It's one thing for some joe six pack for failing to notice subtlery and nuances in a movie, but a professional film critic? The guy comes off as incredibly amateurish. It was also not Ebert's best moment either in his career as a critic. The best thing of thag clip is that caugh my attention to his movie called CHAN IS MISSING, which i never heard about. I think i'll check it out.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The new "At the Movies" should have a dog in the balcony.

    by Christopher3

    I'm serious. It'll get people to watch.

  • ... is that both movies ended up being considered culturally important to be perserved by the Library of Congress the same year, when both movies were released the same year as well, and reviewed by Ebert and friend in the same show.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    When I first saw it

    by Teddy Artery

    It was mainly because it was Harrison Ford's next movie, and because I had seen a short preview clip that blew my mind (the one with the Inkspot's song playing in the background). It still holds up, but I have to admit I get a little sleepier on repeat viewings... totally my fault.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Just REBOOT! It could star Shia "The Beef" TheBeef as Dekard.

    by Chet_P_Disney

    Come on guys how many 16 year old kids have even seen Blade Runner? To support a franchise like this you need to REBOOT and bring things up to date for the 'oughties. Introduce all sorts of Anime inspired shit like people with blue hair and cyber-tentacle monsters and change all the signage in LA to Chinese etc. THIS WOULD ROCK.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by spidercoz

    I love you too, sugarnuts

  • But i didn't got to watch the movie many years later. And then it blew my mind.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "sugarnuts"?? That's kinky!

  • But the good thing is that i still never get sleepy when i watch a movie in the theater,s no matter how slow paced they are. But in bed late at night watching some movie on DVD, specially one i already seen before, i now start to get the sleepy feeling all too often nowdays. Fucking aging, man! Not a fan of it!

  • March 3, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    a bet anyone here a million dollars cash...

    by crazybubba

    that these movies will be studio corrupted garbage. they'll pick a weak yes man director with little creative who'll make a movie marketed for the masses that won't be anything like the original. It'll be Iron Man 2 meets Transformers.

  • If i had to make a bet, it would be that a director chosen for any of this sequel or prequels would be non other then Marcus Niespel, Simon West, Samuel Bayer, John Moore or some other Michael Bay's Platinium Dunes refuse hack like that. Or, worst case scenario, Bay himself or Jar Jar Abrams.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by DiamondJoe

    The Exorcist has not been remade. Did you mean The Omen? If you did then that's a classic example of what I'm talking about: a remake that had no reason for existing other than some fuckwit in a studio wouldn't dare to greenlight something new and original when he could just cash in off the back of an existing property - and the fucking release date was 06/06/06! "Guys, we can't go wrong with this!" Genius. The point is, yes it certainly does boil my piss as a matter of principle to see the increasing prevalence of this kind of thing (and AIC's seemingly passive acceptance of it), but more importantly, all the major studios are simply throwing their cash into the reboot/remake sausage machine, meaning less and less good, original ideas are developed and turned into good, original movies. Y'know, why take a risk on something as strenous as original thought when you can respray Titans, Robocop, Terminator or Blade Runner? If you haven't seen Robert Altman's The Player, watch it. There's a great scene in it where some studio execs are discussing how they don't actually need writers, they can write the films themselves according to formula. Says it all. I don't like to bitch. The world forces me to.

  • You're right - remakes do not detract from the greatness of originals. And yes, there are remakes that have been really good, particularly of films that weren't that good. Prime example - The Fly. But I'm talking about the cheap cash grabs we all know about that have been swamping the multiplexes for the last few years, not the odd one-off. Isn't it up to audiences who care about movies to voice their opinions on this? Or is it just "bitching"?

  • How could had the american reviewers be so blind or short-sighted about it? what was in the water back then that made most american reviewers fail to notice how truly good BLADE RUNNER is? The interstign thing about BLADE RUNNER's acceptance in USA is that the first people to embrace it were other filmmakers. It was the filmamkers who first notice the exceptional qualities of BLADE RUNNER. And then they many started to copy it. Then it was the home video public, who rediscovered the movie when it was released in VHS rental. This two were the first spearhead that brough back BLADE RUNNER from obscurity into what is now, a landmark of world film history. But why did the critics of the time failed to understand what an exceptional movie they were watching, who can understand that? i know that the 80s wwas the decade of stupid, but not even that explains it. A joe six pack ignoramus failing to see BR's quality is to be expected. Professional critics? Not at all. What a real FUBAR fuck up they did back then. Completly unexcusable.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Bad Idea

    by Barron34

    BLADE RUNNER should stand alone as it is. To me, this is like make prequels and sequels to CASABLANCA. BR is so influential visually, it has inspired so much other work, a prequel or sequel just seems like a cheap idea. Why not just make original Science-Fiction films that are influenced by BLADE RUNNER? So much already is. Make something new rather than try to make a literal second attempt at what is already a great film.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Reality check, AssLives:

    by DocPazuzu <p> As you can see, Blade Runner isn't even among the 70 greatest sci-fi moneymakers WORLDWIDE. Face it, nutsuck, Blade Runner failed financially all over the world -- not just in America. The average moviegoer in any country in the world back in 1982 was just as retarded regarding Blade Runner as their U.S. counterparts. <p> Let's see you lie your way out of that one, you prejudiced piece of shit. <p> You know that feeling you're experiencing right now? Like you want to vomit and shit at the same time? It's called being "pwned".

  • March 3, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    "we get irony as well"

    by DocPazuzu

    Yeah, as in "a bit metallic." You are one the most irony-deficient talkbackers who ever lived, AssLives.

  • March 3, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Battlestar Galacticas score did not ape Vangelis

    by Smack_Teddy

    what the fuck are you on about? Theres a whole range to 'synth' <p>That said, Battlestar Galactica is a perfect example of why the fuckwits should keep there hands of owning 'Blade Runner', and just develop their own show with replicants or robots or whatever....Battlestar knocked it out the park, stood out on its own so well, yet is so obviously connected in theme alone at certain points it could be called 'Blade Runner: The PKD-also -slightly-V.A.L.I.S-inspired Badass Space Opera', if that were at all catchy

  • March 3, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    and given the love for the game

    by Smack_Teddy

    if anyone anywhere wants to generate a petition or whatever it is you eerie legion of organis3ed kids do these days to lobby for something... in order for Blade Runner to get the shiny reworked HD update it so deserves and needs now along with the Final Cut production.... please feel free with much support rely on... i mean, begging and good manners cost nothing right? It could be worth a try...<p>there ill say nothing more on the subject

  • March 3, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    To coin a phrase...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... whatwhatWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT???!!!111

  • So sad. Fuck you. Seriously, fuck you. Die.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Uh, Galactica did ape the style in the miniseries

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Or maybe they were just paying an homage? Listen to the BG miniseries soundtrack and tell me if any of those tracks don't sound anything like Vangelis.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Wish I had an answer. I don't. The movie was enthralling as hell, and went by in a blink for me. I had NEVER seen anything like it. You could practically smell that city Scott and Trumbull created , the atmosphere and illusion were so complete. I was shocked when I read the reviews over the next few days.

  • March 3, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by josh

    Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time, I would only be into this is ridley scott were involved, and from the looks of it he is not so FUCK THIS.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by TallanDagwood

    Thank you for the response. I actually did mean Exorcist, but I was going to refer to the dueling prequels that were made, but instead I mistakenly wrote remake. Sorry for the confusion. I do appreciate people who feel passionately about such subjects, but I must say I do not think the argument that Hollywood is being less original because of the remakes holds much water. Two things: I think we both agree that remakes and or prequels have no impact whatsoever on our appreciation of the original movie, nor do they diminish that movie in any way. A masterpiece remains even when copies are made. Secondly, Hollywood has been in the remake business for almost as long as Hollywood has existed - and that is no exaggeration. Multiple directors have even remade some of their own earlier efforts. To say that remakes are preventing original movies from being made ignores Hollywood history. The argument that Hollywood is not original has been around as long as, movies have been made. I am not saying that it is wrong to make such an argument, but it ignores a basic building block of movie history.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by TallanDagwood

    Nothing wrong with people letting off a little steam about such matters that they feel strongly about. I think it only becomes an issue when too much hyperbole in thrown in.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    i have all 4 soundtracks, i really like them a lot... but none sound really like Vangelis to me past the use of synthesizers and operatic voice over on one track, and the 'ambient' sounds.<p> I know they are from roughly all around the same time, but Tangerine Dream scores for Legend and Time Bandits feel much closer to Vangelis for all their obvious differences as well for example. Not much Celtic influence in Blade Runner unless i'm mistaken, and then there's tracks like 'Black Market Music' that seem more like nods to Rage against the Machine in the Matrix than anything. But i honestly don't get Vangelis all that much at all.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    BLADE RUNNER was precisely the antithesis of what Alcon is doing

    by CountryBoy

    It was ORIGINAL -- yes, it was an adaptation of a book, but almost no one had ever heard of it. And the filmmakers were all top-notch, and given the resources to let their talents run wild. Sure, the studio tried to muzzle them in the end, but by then it was too late; almost against their will, they had produced something truly one-of-a-kind. Now the makers of the Traveling Pants movies are going to do prequels and sequels?? I can't see this ending any other way than disastrously. Where will they go for their production team? Ridley Scott himself can't even make a Ridley Scott movie anymore. The myriad interchangeable journeymen who are cranking out this summer's comic book movies couldn't begin to wrap their heads around such a project. What are they thinking? But we know what they're thinking: $$$$$$... It's another name brand, another well to drain, another piece of bait for the hook. And yes, the movies will disappoint, and yes, the reviews will be bad; and the execs will say "Who cares? Who cares if the original is tarnished by association with crap? Who cares if the viewers walk out dissatisfied? WE GOT THEIR TEN BUCKS! What else could possible matter?!?"

  • March 3, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Another nail to Hollywood's coffin

    by Jablonowitz

    'Nuff said.

  • March 3, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    No, I didn't mean that the entirety of the series aped Vangelis. Sure, there was the Celtic stuff (which I liked). But in the miniseries there is an unmistakable similarity to Vangelis used in Blade Runner. Check out that scene when we start seeing various models of replicants and you'll hear that distinctive sound. But you know, you sound a lot more versed in the subject than I do, so maybe what you say is valid. But to an average joe like myself, it sounds like they were totally going for the Blade Runner vibe, just like they were taking other ideas from that film. You may think I'm knocking the the show for not being original, but I'm not. The music was an aspect of the show that I loved.

  • March 3, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Has anyone successfully restarted franchises?

    by Bill Clay

    new Star Wars = SHIT<p> new Indiana Jones = SHIT<p> new Die Hard = SHIT<p> <p> Not only do the new movies suck, but they also ruin the once fond memories of the originals.

  • March 3, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Bring 'em on.

    by catlettuce4

    It will be worth it just to watch the fan reaction and inevitable furor it creates.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    better off making new PKD movies

    by eddieVroom

    i'd like to see The Divine Invasion

  • There are so many great elements that that prick Ridley Scott didn't even bother with like Mercerism & Empathy Boxes vs. Buster Friendly & His Friendly Friends, Rachel as the Femme Fatale and her and Pris being the same model, The Secret Fake Police Station full of Androids, Luba Luft. All those awesome characters and deep concepts and all Ridley got out of it was "Decker is a Replicant." which is sophomoric and pretty much a red herring in the book for a much cooler set up. Blade Runner will always be there. It's a classic. But it's time someone was given a shot at doing a truer adaptation.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Whatever. I suppose it was inevitable. But I find...

    by Jaka

    ...Bladerunner to be over-hyped anyway. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it when I was younger. But these days it doesn't do as much for me. Particularly with all the different versions having been released. I think that actually took away some of the it's magic.

  • March 4, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    I'll check out that scene, cheers

  • March 4, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Hollywood, can we see some new cyberpunk films?

    by lv_426

    Of all the cyberpunk related stuff that can be adapted, to film they pick Blade Runner, which doesn't easily lend itself to sequelization, and also is just not the type of film that needs a sequel. Why not do Neuromancer, Altered Carbon, or a Deus Ex adaptation instead? There are already other novels that follow both Neuromancer and Altered Carbon, so if the first movie adaptation of either novel is successful then there are already templates for the sequels. Also, both of those properties are more suited to the action-packed type of films that they will probably try to make with these Blade Runner prequels/sequels. As for Deus Ex, a new game in that series is going to be released sometime in the next year. So it would be fresh on peoples minds as well. Or as others have mentioned, why not do a new adaptation on some of PKD's other novels or a new take on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? One major problem I see with anything cyberpunk being made by Hollywood these days is their need for a PG or PG13 rating. Cyberpunk is dark and has many twisted technological ideas at its core. I don't see those elements translating very well to a big budget PG13 summer movie spectacle.

  • but keep it the FUCK away from the Blade Runner universe please. I love that the book and film are distinctive and different in their own right, and then there's the 1997 game that compliments and immerses you in Ridleys film world so well.... ...oh, and while were at it, can everyone just shut the hell up with their certainties about whether Morrisey is so obviously gay or not? Even if he so obviously is, don't you get the person would lose his resonance, the point of this speculation, the ability to make people think or challenge them about categories or distinctions or identity!? For Christ sakes, let the question or issue sit as it is, and prove just why 'how soon is now' is such a great song.

  • March 4, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I'm noticing on here that some people

    by Wookie_1995

    failed to realize that the androids in the flim had a very short life span and thats why the main bad guy died....idiots

  • March 4, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    What's funny, is how I never get bored of watching BR

    by Stalkeye

    despite all the cuts,workprint,etc. The Movie still holds up and not to mention providing striking visuals that were ahead of it's time and even gave a outlook on what a somewhat bleak future would look like.Oh and of course there's vangelis' haunting soundtrack. great film.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I count myself blessed that i live ina country wher,e back then, BLADE RUNNER was seen for the great movie that it is. Not just the critics, but anybody i knew who saw it then came away their mind blown and in awe of it. When i pressed for a description of the movie, nobody could say exactly what it was like, for how could they? No other movie looked like it before. Not in the SF genre, at least. It's withno exageration that i say to you that when i saw BLADE RUNNER for the first time, i just couldn't beleive what i was looking at. I couldn't believe that a film could look like that. I couldn't believe a movie could be so beautiful. And then there was the Vangelis' score. Oh, the score! I couldn't beleive my ears either. I couldn't believe music like that existed. The first time i saw BLADE RUNNER, two things immediatly happened to me: i became a huge fan of cinema, and i became a huge fan of Vangelis. I'm not kidding, all my love for cinema is due to my first viewing of BLADE RUNNER. Until then i was a kid who liked to watch movies. After BLADE RUNNER, i was a full deep enthusiastic cinema fan. For the lack of a better word, i had a revelation. It was the only moment in my life when something important, something life changing happened in my life in the matter of a short period of time, the time enough that it was to see the opening minutes of BLADE RUNNER.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The only fault i find in Sean Young in BLADE RUNNER is that she didn't had wait long hair. Other then that, she looked like a goddess in that movie.

  • You are the idiot that lieks crap shit like Jar Jar Abrams's STINO SHIT, so don't even try to pretend there's a good movie or TV show out there that you like, because that's bullshit. Stop bullshiting, please. Just ame the crap you like, and stop mixing it with the good stuff you don't like but lie about.

  • March 4, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    And yet no NEUROMANCER.

    by AsimovLives

  • Becasue Philip K. dick himself said that, when he was shown a reel with the movie's SFx shots and random city sets, he turned to ridley Scott and asked him how it was possible that he could had entered his own mind and visualised the exact images that PDK had through up when he was writing the story. So, BLADE RUNNER is, at least visually, a perfect detailed depiction of the world that PKD had though up when he was writing his novel. So, any Tv show based on DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP would had to pull a BLADE RUNNER to be accurate to the sourse material. How about that?

  • March 4, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

    WTF? I think sometimes it's a knee jerk reaction to say a visually dazzling movie has no story, characters, etc. It happens often

  • March 4, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    asimovlives you have confused the names

    by KilliK

    It was WILLIAM GIBSON who said that and not Philip K Dick. William was referring to his Neuromancer book which he was already writting before the movie's premiere in 82,but it was published later in 84. In fact the many similarities between BR and Gibson's book have created lasting misunderstanding: other people think that Gibson ripped off BR,while other people think that Scott ripped of Neuromancer. buit i think it was one more example of two different geniuses who caught the zeitgeist of their time and envisioned its future in the same way.

  • March 4, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    That's right, AssLives...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...pwned. P.W.N.E.D. <p> You can pretend that the citizens of Portugal were ahead of everyone else on the planet when it came to Blade Runner back in 1982, but the fact remains that it did tepid business there as well. In America Joe Sixpack stayed at home, in Portugal João Barriga De Tanquinho stayed at home. No difference. Suck it.

  • I mean - every other sci-fi property worth a damn has been done, and this a cornerstone of the field as well. Again - and for the record - as an obsessive level fan of Blade Runner for 25 years, I'm not opposed to this at all. As long as they don't fuck it up. And until any prequel/sequel is made and watched, you won't know if they fucked it up or not. So - you know - chill out. Probably won't happen, anyway.

  • March 4, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Actually there have been some recent rumors about

    by KilliK

    a Neuromancer movie adaptation,but frankly after the Johny Mnemonic disaster i would prefer not to see it happening. The last good cyberpunk movie was the Matrix.

  • March 4, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    asimovlives thats a good point but

    by Smack_Teddy

    is just referring to when he "saw a segment of Douglas Trumbull's special effects for Blade Runner on the KNBC-TV news" "I recognized it immediately. It was my own interior world. They caught it perfectly".<p> But at the same time, many other aspects to Ridleys depiction, the overall style mood and tone, are still their own in my opinion with Blade Runner as opposed to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, i think PKD was stunned and there are still certain differences or departures one could take to handling that along with a more true or faithful adaptation to the book. So those technical visual aspects you refer to in this 'interior world' of the sci-fi 'genre' would probably be similar to that of the movies sure, but so are so many other films yet they are clearly separate from the Blade Runner universe.

  • March 4, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    "along with a more true or faithful adaptation to the book"

    by Smack_Teddy

    God that was a bad or reductive way of putting it. The film is very true and faithful to the book, but...y'know the aspects i'm refering too

  • March 5, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Why does everyone hate on 'Soldier'? (spoilers)

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Is it merely the fact that Anderson (in only his 2nd film I belive) directed it? It had a script by Peeples, and quite frankly, IMHO, it was one of the best performances by Kurt Russell ever. I just watched it again a few days ago and was amazed (again) at his ability to project his character's emotions without nearly any lines (I think IMDB lists it at only 77 or so lines, for a leading man that's nothing). I mean, Sgt. Todd is brought up and trained to be a total sociopath - the perfect Soldier. And when he becomes 'obsolete' he's dumped out with the trash. He doesn't have the social skills to interact with the people stranded on the trash planet. And you can see the pain and confusion in Russell's eyes - it's a constant. Yes, it's not 'Citizen Kane', and you can almost tell when Anderson must have said, "Enough talk, now we must shoot and blow up everyone!" But the first half is brilliant, and it has Gary Fucking Busey in it, which for me is the hallmark of a 'Good/Bad' movie. Peeples mentioned that it was not a direct sequel to BR, but he felt it took place in the same universe ("Travel Off World!"). Made sense to me that in a world where Replicants are created to be disposable, that humans get even less consideration. And having recently read PKD's 'DADOEL', I dont' feel it would have made as much a compelling story. It was probably the reason they dropped the novel's whole religious angle from the film to begin with. And Rutger Hauer was a God to me back then - "If you could only see what I've seen with your eyes." A prequel/sequel is a waste: the talent assembled was a perfect storm (Brion James! - "Time to DIE!" Edward James Olmos - "Too bad she won't live!", and so on). Take the money and write a good original screenplay - Fuck Prequel/Sequels. Hollywood is so fucking lazy, and it pisses me off that I grew up during what was aruguably one of the greatest decades of genre cinema, and now Hollywood has to whore out my favorite memories 'cause some twat hack can't come up with an original idea. What's next - 'Twilight' doucheboy as Deckart? Fucking please. Everyone connected with this idea should do us all a favor and jump in front of the nearest express train.

  • March 5, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Ebert gave DIE HARD thumbs down.


    'Nuff Said.

  • March 5, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    the horror

    by Dr_Proteus

    what horrific news

  • Thank the gods that DocPaz's trademark pwnage helps to clean the rank air brewing up in this TB. Always a welcome sight, sir.

  • Good for you, Braindrain!!! You tell that borish prick who is BOSS!

  • I watch SOLDIER and i can tell that originally there was a much, much better movie to be. Which never got to be made. And all thanks to the hiring of that hack Thomas WC Anderson as director.

  • March 5, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    smack_teddy, i know what you are talking about.

    by AsimovLives

    there is a movie or Tv show that could be made of DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP which wouldn't be, in terms of narrative, a copy of BLADE RUNNER. I have read the book a few times. In fact i read it the first time before i watched BLADE RUNNER for the first time. A new adaptation of DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP would be somethign i woudl welcome, as long the people who were responsible for it would be people of quality and dedication and honesty. Aka, HBO and their team of filmmakers. But as i said before, ad as you also very well pointed out, in terms of visualization, it's inevitable that any other adaptation of that PKD's book would look very lcose to BLADE RUNNER. It is inevitable. Ridley Scot and his team created the definitive futuristic crapsack world dystopia look, the only one that's an alternative to George Lucas's THX 1138. Those two movies, for me, are the definitive film depiction of futuristic dystopias.

  • PKD was amazed that ridley Scott could visualise what he had in mind when he wrote the novel. It was when PKD saw a reel of SFx and set shots when he changed his midn and stoped attacking the movie and decided to help promote it. And as we all know, tragically he died before he was the finished movie. When William Gidbon watched BLADE RUNNER for the first time when it was released, he later told that he had to leave the theater because the mvoe was influencing too much the visual ideas he already had for it, which too many of them were coincidental. He only finally watched the movie whole many years after he published the novel. PKD said the movie looked like what he had imagiend when he wrote the book back in 1965. Gibson said the movie looked like the world he was creating for NEUROMANCER when he was writing the book. Seems like there was a case of serendipity between PKD, Ridley Scott and William Gibson. Small wonder th work of this 3 men are considered to be he major influences (among some others as well) on the SF sub-genre of cyberpunk.

  • March 5, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    thunderbolt ross

    by AsimovLives

    "I think sometimes it's a knee jerk reaction to say a visually dazzling movie has no story, characters, etc. It happens often" Indeed. I also see that happen a lot. It seemsthat too many people, both critics and geeks alike, get so jadded with emptyheaded movies who only have flashy visuals to show off, that they then lose the capacity to see the difference between them and a beautiful looking movie with stong visuals which also has lots of story and tonnes of subtlery and subtext to them. Unfortunatly, BLADE RUNNER was a victim of that error, a victim of short-sighteed people who can't see the difference betwen a flashy empty movie and one rich with text and subtext like BLADE RUNNER. That professional critics made such a crass mistake like that about BR is just unexcusable. It's a great black spot in the history of american film criticism. It was because of cases like with BLADE RUNNER and also with John Carpenter's THE THING that for a long time i viewed critics' opinions with suspicion. And i still do, and there has been recent event happening about a recently made terrible movie to remind me that critics and reviewers, as geeks as well, can be incredibly wrong and victims of misguideness and hype and zeitgeist. For every good movie that gets universally praised there's another very good movie that gets stepped on. Thankfully, time always rescues that movie and puts it in it's proper place at the film pantheon. It so happened with BLADE RUNNER, thankfully.

  • March 5, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    BR has a unique tone that is impossible to recapture

    by FleshMachine

    like texas chainsaw massacre. these things happen by accident.

  • listening to the Blade Runner score now and its definitely there in 'Rachel's Song', and 'Wait For Me' sans...saxophone? Is that a saxophone on 'Wait For Me'? You should know I'm no musician or composer myself, not by a long stretch I still resent or reject the term 'apes' or 'to ape' in this particular case though! Bear McCreary is working too much of his own musical sense/vision into it, and also Richard Gibbs in the mini series i guess.

  • and by that do you mean literally just in film world or simultaneously a realistic depiciton of where we might be headed in the real world? I only ask because i wonder for example if you might feel like i do that 'Children of Men' is actually relative to others a scarily convincing depiction of how a dystopian future is likely to turn out in reality if we don't watch it (and that's WITHOUT people losing their shit over literally not being able to reproduce anymore)... certainly from the heart of the uk at least anyway, and if you stretch the time period its set in further from the present. Maybe I'm just overly cynical about where the futures headed in my country but...

  • March 5, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    braindrain you dont get this movie

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 6, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    hater does not exist in my dojo

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 6, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    thats why i keep any copies of Xmen3 the hell out of it

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 6, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    and Gone with the Wind

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 6, 2011, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I hate to put the pessimistic hat, but i fear that in many ways, the future depicted in CHILDREN OF MEN might, in many ways, be the more accurate. Not that i think that magically the human race will go infertille, but that if we don't wise up in our technological progresses and find viable alternatives to oil, we could go in that direction. OK, i'm just focuring on cars now, but see the electric car technolical progresses. Or rather, the lack of. And the lack of is not due to lack of investment, but because there's limits, there's natural limits to the electrical technology. But car companies and governments are using this as the panaceia for the solving of the pollution and oil crisis. And it's bullshit. It's all PC bullshit to appeal the ellectorate and the consumers. The reality is that cars need liquid fuel like oil to be truly efficent machines. We need, in the future, hybrid vehicles, withthe liquid fuel part be made of some mixture of fuel from petrolieum and bio-grown fuel, or whatever syntetic fuel we might be able to produce, say, from coal. The dystpia featured in BLADE RUNNER is more like the result of the nightmare people had in the 70s about the future to be. And while BR is still a very striking loking movie, thankuflly we no longer in such a polluted world as we did in the 70s that merit the future depcited in BR to be the one we will have. Besides, and this is a fact people rarely mention, the BR story happens during one night. It starts at a sunset and ends at a sunrise. It's not a world where it's perpectually dark with pollution, it's just a story set during nighttime and where there's more rain then it's normal today in LA because the very tall buildings act as ocean humdiity condensers and causes it to rain down on the city.

  • March 6, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    I agree, there already were two great sequels to BLADE RUNNER.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    One, the brilliant BLADE RUNNER PC adventure game from Westwood in 1997 and two the K.W. Jeter novel THE EDGE OF HUMAN from 1995. I don't believe that the reboot/remake/sequel/prequel producers aim at this high qualitiy, gritty, r-rated stuff but rather go for a bleak, teenie-friendly PG-13 fucking version...

  • March 6, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    motoko kusanagi

    by AsimovLives

    I'm affraid you are dead right about it. On one hand i have a perverse curiosity in what this announced prequel and sequels to BLADE RUNNER would look like. On the other hand, i fear them like the plague.

  • March 6, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Blade Runner is completely mesmorising

    by A G

  • March 6, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I hate this kind of shit

    by Suskis

    I hope everyone involved in this insulting project will be abducted by aliens. There is 0% chance that any prequel or sequel or reimagining or reboot of Blade Runner will be anywhere near decent. My only hope is that whatever they will make in the end will be FORGOTTEN in the same intant they are bringing it to the theaters, just like it happened with 2010.

  • March 6, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    She May or my not be

    by mechas8n

    a Replikunt What a total and utter Replikunt.

  • March 6, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    asimov ah ok then.

    by KilliK

    i knew about Gibson but i thought that PKD had died before the filming of the movie.anyway.

  • March 6, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    what are these natural limits to the electrical technology asimov?

    by Smack_Teddy

    I understand in the long term there are better, more efficient and environmentally friendly methods, but the car companies didn't invent or seriously develop the electric car model, not at first anyway, and are still very hesitant to implement them worldwide aren't they? My understanding is if everyone was to get on board with them, they would be very efficient and practical for now, but the car companies are far from keen in picking that method of powering the transport to ease their hold from the use of oil to another resource. I guess i agree with you on Blade Runner over the relative time period, but again if companies that basically have huge stakes in sustaining the economy continually in the current world superpowers keep pulling cons like that your referring to, i could see Blade Runner like Children of Men in a much much further future, in terms of the heavily polluted environment.

  • March 6, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Shan

    Ridley Scott showed PKD about 20-30 minutes of the footage with effects in it. PKD, who had been very critical of the project until then became a convert and was amazed that the images looked so much like he'd imagined them. He was really anticipating seeing the finished film but sadly died before they completed it.

  • March 7, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Neuromancer, Goatfucker? Can't say I'm surprised

    by Lost Jarv

    A more horrendously overrated book out there you couldn't find. You're a fraud and a cunt, and should frankly stoop blowing your wooly tribe and actually try to find an opinion that isn't recycled from third-rate PHD Thesis available on google. Oh, and for the love of the Goatgod, please stop bleating on about fucking Dork Trek. It was an utterly disposable, completely mediocre film that's better than almost all of the actual Dork Trek films. Fuck off back to poring over your Romulan dictionary you onanistic fucking asspickle.

  • But I just can't be arsed to decipher the incoherent drivel that emanates from your pointy dome to respond to you. I must be growing up.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    Don't take his shit- he's a psuedo-intellectual fraud with the mental capacity of a small root vegetable. He'll pontificate endlessly about nothing of interest to man or beast, apart from maybe his goats, and will deflect any critical queries by accusing you of being an idiot/ amateur geek (thereby implying his messianic qualities as the font of all knowledge) and asking you to kill yourself. He's a sham, and a loathsome embarrassment to the species. Just remind him that he does, in fact, fuck goats, and limit your exchanges that way- you'll feel better doing this than trying to engage the demented cock-gobbler in any kind of reasoned discourse.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    "You can pretend that the citizens of Portugal were ahead of everyone else on the planet when it came to Blade Runner back in 1982, but the fact remains that it did tepid business there as well. In America Joe Sixpack stayed at home, in Portugal João Barriga De Tanquinho stayed at home. No difference. Suck it." He's clearly lying. They didn't have electricity and running water in Portugal in 2002, let alone 1982

  • March 7, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I might come across as cynical an lacking in hopefulness, but i haven't been sway by the recent "go green" attitude from both the car companies and the governments. The major reason for my skepticism is because despiste all the optimistic image that both governments and the car companies are giving away about the electric cars, reality is far less smiling. There's just too many issues about this subject which are negletec to be mentioned. Real life problems which will not go away with mere shiny talk. The majpor problem with the electric cars is batteries. Despiste all the advances of the last few years, the fact rmains that we are not that futher away as we were in the 1970s. battery autonomy has been the major headache about the development of the electric car. Even small light cars like the Nissan Leaf can only have, at optimal conditions, an autonomy of 160 km... in summer. Wintertime, and t reduces to half right from the go. If we include the use of the car, with all the unpredictments that comes with driving, the battery's autonomy is drastically reduced. All the literature about the autonomy of an electric car has been averages done in optimal controlled conditions. In real life, things aren't as sunny as they make it out to be. The Opel Ampera, known in USA as the Chysler Ampera, tries to solve the autonomy problem by having a gasoline engine which acts like a power extention, basically it's a generator that kicks in when batteries go down to 30%. It's a clever trick, but that's what it is, a clever trick. It's not a solution. Basically, the Ampera is not an electric car but a inversed hybrid. And then there's the problem of the batteries themselves. The battery of the Toyota Prius has as one of it's components lithium. That lithium from the Prius batteries are extracted from a mine in Canada, a mine which is slowly digging away a mount. And worst, to extract it, they need to use sulphuric acid. Now, i'm sure you might be aware, but sulphuric acid is hardly the most emviromentally friendly substance there is. So, to get an eco car, you have to ruin the enviroment. The irony has not escaped me. The other, and might be even, the major problem of the electric car is that it need electricity. And where does that electricity came from? Powerplants. only 10% of all the electric energy produced in the world came from dams or any other system. And the vast majority all powerplants in the world burn fuel from oil to produce energy. If more cars are put in circulation, there will be more ned for electricty, which means more electricty will have to be produced, which means more fuel from oil will be neeed for the powerplants to produce electricity. While it is still very early to tell how much it would be, some argue that the extra fuel from oil needed for the electric cars is at least equivalent of the fuel oil used to power gasoline and diesel cars. This is an unescapable kunumdrum. and nobody is adressing this in public discussions. And last but not the least, as individual matters goes, electric cars are very restrictive in their use. Because of their limited autonomy, each trip has to be very carefully pre-programed. Or else you see yourself stoped at the midle of a road or street, literally powerless to go any futher. Electric car's batteries are very frickle, and despiste the autonomy indicators, you truly never know for sure how much you still got until the juice runs out. Then you stop. Every exit with an electric car has to be very carefulyl planed so you cake into account all the powerstations along the way. And there's the recharging problem. In a normal household wattage, an electric car needs 6 to 10 hours to fully recharge. In high powered electric outlets like in the electric car powerstations, it would still take 20 to 30 minutes to recharge. Unlike with gasoline or diesel cars, recharging an electric car will always be a time consuming thing. You cannot to things fact about an electric car. Everything will take time. And no matter the optimistic brocure talk form the electric cars manufacturers and the government,s the thing is that there's no viable solution for the years t come. The electric car is, literally, a thing for the future. 20 years into the future, at the very least. The big problem with the batteries and all that is that they are limited to the laws of physics, and this is all about chemistry. Electricity stored and produced by batteries is a chemical process, and there's limits to what it can eventually do, limits imposed by the laws of nature itself. If i had to say which is the best solution, i'd say hydrogen as fuel. The problem is that the most cost-efficient way to get hydrogen is from hydrocarbonates. Yeah, you got it right, we get hydrogen from OIL! We have to burn oil to get hydrigen. Hydrogen from water has to be achieved through electrolisis, which is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE AND POWER CONSUMING. Only two countries can produce hydrgen enough to serve their needs, one is Saudi Arabia because of all the oil they produce can cheappen the electricity production. The other is, or was, Iceland because they have so many geisers and vulcanic vents that they could power those hydrogen extraction stations with electricity powered by those vulcanic vents. but due to their recent economic crisis and bankruptcy, i don't know if they can be in the hydrogen market now. So, we still are stuck with hydrogen made from oil. The lesson here is that regardless if we go electric or hydrogen cars, we still have to use oil. Lots of oil. The only real solution for all this energy problem is nuclear energy. It would produce enough energy to power the extra electric cars on the roads, and to produce the hydrogen need for the alternatives. Best yet would be nuclear fusion, a technology whose research has been stalled because it's expensive to investigate, it's hard to achieve due to it's own nature, and because the people and governments of today get immediatly scared and hysterical if the word nuclear is mentioned. So, as you can see, i'm not exactly optimistic. And sorry if this post is this long, but as i said before, this subject is complex enough to not be reduced to blurbs as those used by the car companies and governments. It's easy to talk green, it's damn hard to actually act green.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    And with all my talk about, i'm actually a lef-winger. A real left-winger, and not the moderate right-wingers that pass as left in USA. But just because i'm left-winger doesn't mena i'm going to ignore the scientific and technical realities of the real world.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "i'm actually a lef-winger."

    by Lost Jarv

    No you're not. You're a cunt.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv, you are just like Don Murphy: as ignorant and as stupid.

    by AsimovLives

  • March 7, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Deckard, Where's My Car?

    by rosasaks

    Starring Ashton Kutcher.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Agree with thecomedian

    by _Lizarkeo

    Ridley Scott is producing a BBC1 miniseries of my fave PKD novel, The Man in the High Castle. He or another fella could do the same for the original BR novel, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP. <p> The old PC game (somebody should do another one, a FPS or MMORPG, heh) used some plot elements and dialogue from the novel. The multiple endings from the game were kinda bullshit, but were original at the time. Awesome graphics. And there is a more recent straight comic book adaptation of the novel from BOOM! Studios. <p> About the sequel/prequel? Nolan is fine but somebody should call Duncan Jones and make him very happy, heh. My personal choice? Richard Linklater, of course. I love Ridley's movie but PKD is not about the visual, but the people's actions.<p> Cheers.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    You're actually a cunt.

    by Lost Jarv

    How's the goatfucking working out for you? Found true fleecy bliss yet?

  • March 8, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    ok Asi

    by Smack_Teddy

    My brother is working as an economist for the government specifically at the moment on alternative fuels and implementing them into the economy successfully/sustainably... we haven't spoken in a while, but i remember he echoed somewhat similar thoughts/sentiments... with the addition or exception that he felt electric cars were technically viable taking into account other alternative methods to generate the energy... but only with the kind of mass-global industrial-economic overhaul that just wouldn't happen with the realities of the stake car and mostly energy companies have, across the various fields/sectors/industries etc and in relation to global politics, in economic sustainability, ... ...this is from memory mind.... but... heh... i also remember his describing something similar along the lines of that method The LeBoeuf describes in Wall Street 2...but yes a less fantastical method and realistic practical consideration of any kind right now in its development stages... whether he meant specifically on the part of economist buffs/nerds like himself, or the people who actually call shots based on these models predicted/presented for them, maybe it was just me but he seemed to get a bit cautiously vague on that one

  • March 8, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    working on alternative fuels and energies i should say to be clear

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 9, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The energy of the future problem is no easy matter. And i fear that with our recent economic crisis, there is just not enough money in the world to help the research needed. We cannot now blame car companies and oil companies for the lack of developemnt on alternative energies evelopment, because the oil companies have bought the alternative energies. There ae no longer oil companies, they are ENERGY companies. Their product is no longer oil, it's energy. And as for the electric cars, car companies now think the electric car as a gold mine to be. They aren't interested in undrmining the sales of the electric cars, they want to sell them hard. Even to the point of deliberatly ignoring or misleading the real problems that the electric cars have. But with or without electric cars, oil will still be burned.