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Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels Happening

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the he-was-a-replicant-people dept.

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bowman9991 writes "The iconic science fiction film Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick's book and directed by Ridley Scott, will be followed up with sequels and prequels soon. Alcon Entertainment is in final discussions to secure film, TV and franchise rights. They are in the early stages of sorting out how to proceed and were not sure if Ridley Scott would be involved."

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That's it, I quit humanity (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368364)

You know, I was watching one of the behind-the-scenes extras on the "Get Low" [imdb.com] DVD the other day. For those who haven't seen it, "Get Low" is a quiet little movie--low-budget, not a lot of hoopla. But it has a suprisingly powerful screenplay and great performances from Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. Anyway, the producer points out that, even with a very powerful script and great leads attached, it still took over 8 years to get the movie made. He explained that Hollywood has become so fixated on sequels, prequels, franchises, remakes, and comic-book/TV adaptations that getting funding even for a small-budget *original* film, with no potential for a sequel or merchandising, has become a nightmare. Hollywood may celebrate these kinds of movies at Oscar time, but getting a studio to put up even a relatively trivial amount of money for them is almost impossible unless you can attach some hot A-list leads.

And that is why we're treated to a stream of endless rapes of once-great franchises/TV shows/comic books. It's why a 60-year-old Harrison Ford is running around fighting fucking aliens with a bullwhip looking for a goddamn crystal skull, while Steven Spielberg is off-camera bathing in a pile of cash. It's why we get sequels to 25-year-old R-rated franchises with PG-13 ratings and once-great stars just there to collect a paycheck (yep, I'm looking at you Bruce Willis). It's why everyone who has produced even a mediocre comic book superhero has Hollywood fawning over them, while great original scripts go right into the trash bin.

And now it's why we're going to get a shitty PG-13 action-oriented prequel/sequel to one of the great adult science fiction films of all time. It's something no one asked for. It will tarnish the original. And it will suck. But all Hollywood hears is "sequel" and so it's getting the green light.

Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (3)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368578)

I found the official sequel, Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human [wikipedia.org] by K.W. Jeter (one of Philip K. Dick's good friends and the guy who coined the term "steampunk" [boingboing.net]) to be a pretty decent read. Why don't they option that?

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

C_amiga_fan (1960858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368648)

"One day, after a fellow old hermit as died and he hears people in the town telling stories about him, Felix Bush decides that he needs to get these stories out in the public. He recruits the local funeral home director to host his own funeral. This way he can hear what everyone is saying about him, and get the truth to his past out in the open. But will he be able to get anybody to come? And will he be able to reveal his secrets? "

Zzzzz.
Also I'm not sure but I think I saw this movie back in the 1930s with five star actors like Edna May, Hattie McDaniel, and Jimmy Stewart (i.e. the greats). So it's really not as "original" as you think.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (3)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368786)

I can do a pretty boring summary of the premise of about any movie. It's all in where it goes from there, and how it's executed, that counts.

Luke, a farmboy on a desert planet, is at odds with his adopted uncle--who doesn't want him to go off to college. Will he stay behind on the farm, or join the mysterious hermit Ben on an important mission, and discover the truth about his dead father along the way?

Well, that one sounds like a fucking snoozefest. And I liked it a lot better back in 1958 when it was called "The Hidden Fortress."

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (2)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369036)

I can do a pretty boring summary of the premise of about any movie.

There used to be a website which existed to make movie summaries sound dumb. The cooler the movie, the more accurate and the dumber the summary, the better the summary was rated by participants.

You'd be amazed at how many tragedies will make you laugh out loud when summarized in the right light.

To state the obvious ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368674)

That's because crap sells.

It costs so much to make a movie these days, the suits want a sure thing.

Comic books and sequel/prequels are almost sure things.

Indie movies and scripts aren't.

Unless you're James Cameron - Avatar was sort of out of the blue - BUT it took the current environmentalism movement, mix heavily with the "noble savage" and BINGO! Hit movie.

Re:To state the obvious ... (1)

Whalou (721698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368710)

Unless you're James Cameron - Avatar was sort of [...]

like Pocahontas in space.

Re:To state the obvious ... (1)

Creepy (93888) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368964)

Avatar was sort of...

giant smurfs in a remake of the Ewok battle scene.

Re:To state the obvious ... (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369224)

You can't really blame them, either. How much of a risk would you be willing to take when $100,000,000 to $300,000,000 is on the line?

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (3, Insightful)

Damek (515688) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368682)

And people keep paying for them. I keep reading how Hollywood is "fixated" on this stuff or has some sort of problem, but people keep buying what they're selling.

Also, this stuff doesn't tarnish anything. Robocop's still a great movie. The original Star Wars films are still.. well, what they were. The Lord of the Rings books are still great books. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep wasn't tarnished by Blade Runner. I should know, I read the book far too late, twenty years after I started reading sci-fi and ten years after I saw Blade Runner. Dune wasn't tarnished by any of its film adaptations, and for me, the Lynch wasn't tarnished by the so-so SyFy versions. And Herbert's novels weren't tarnished by his kin's prequel novels.

People like to revisit the places they've been before, with a little variation. You may as well complain, "why do genre novelists write so many series?" I have no freaking clue. But people buy them.

Now, what I'd like to see is a film adaptation of The Demolished Man or The Stars My Destination by Bester. Also, any of MacLeod's or Reynolds' work, but then that would be a bit difficult...

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

JWW (79176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368790)

Herbert's novels weren't tarnished by his kin's prequel novels because I've chosen not to read the :-).

But, yes, I agree completely. The "tarnishing" of something is largely in the eyes of the beholder.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

Creepy (93888) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369142)

While I can't say it about most of these movies, I vastly prefer Blade Runner the movie to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep the book. The mood organ was kinda silly, IMO (ooh, tune yourself to watch TV no matter what's on...um, yeah), though I know it was there to blur the lines between humans and replicants (or to show just how high Dick was at the time).

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368816)

I hear you. That's why I stopped going to the theatre.

If there's anything I'm proud of, it's the fact that I vote with my dollars. If a restaurant is crap, I don't eat there. If a corporation does something that upsets me, I don't complain, just don't buy from *that* company. I will instead direct all my dollars at the companies that do right by my book. I'm just one guy. My discretionary income by my lonesome won't sway any company, but imagine if millions of folks decide that they're sick of seeing the bland pabulum that's shat on the screen for consumption. These studio execs are so secure in their knowledge that people will buy whatever they produce so they produce crap. Why take a risk on an interesting idea when a guaranteed paycheck awaits?

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368884)

It's kind of hard to tarnish something which sucked in the first place.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368914)

...with PG-13 ratings...

What's the rating got to do with anything? That's like saying that you won't watch Toy Story 3 because it's rated G and not R.

Saying Fuck every other word, showing exploding heads and having tits on screen constantly isn't the recipe for a good movie.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369206)

Movie studios want PG-13 to get a wider audience. If the movie is rated R, they think fewer people will go see it.

I think that is the reason why I haven't been to a movie theater is 10+ years now. I try to watch the unrated version of movies on DVD. But that is just me.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368932)

Well said!

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (2)

Paul Slocum (598127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368972)

Get Low is still a 7 million dollar movie. I think a better example of overcoming Hollywood is Primer, which is a great sci-fi film that was made for $7000. So the movie industry could have made one-thousand Primers for the cost of a "low-budget" movie like Get Low.

Even worse is "127 Hours" which should have cost a few thousand to make but somehow cost $18 mil.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368992)

I agree with your criticism, but not your response to the situation. I just skip the shitty movies and, if that means that I only go to one movie a year, then so be it. I also don't think that Blade Runner sequels or prequels can tarnish the original. They may dilute its good name, but they can't tarnish the original. Only actually [wikipedia.org] messing [wikipedia.org] with the original can hope to accomplish that, but even that does not tarnish the original, it only makes the untarnished original harder to get ahold of.

Aspects of this are not a bad idea (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369054)

Since Blade Runner if one of the best films attempts to leach off of it are pathetic.

However the film itself is not simply an adaptation of "do andorids dream of electric sheep". Instead it is steeped in other Philip K Dick books, like the atmosphere of post WWII pacific states of Asian-america found in the man in the high castle books. Likewise the ideas that healthy and wealthy humans have moved off world leaving behind a lower class society with pockets of wealth is found in other PKD themes. Most of all the rich Noir aspect was not found in any PKD book but transplanted from Noir detective cinema. And Of course there was just the visual design.

All of those are fair game. You can embed lots of plot lines in a world like that. Indeed things like Firefly sort of took the same approach, embedding in to a western. And that was pretty good eh? Ghost in the shell had a semi-noir but more techno background. Again strong.

What will suck is if they try to have the same characters. That would diminish the original I think. But you could imagine something like a CSI series set in the future.

Re:That's it, I quit humanity (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369196)

I believe it was on EverythingIsARemix.info where I read the statistic that 76% of the top grossing movies in the last decade are sequels, remakes, based on television, or based on comic books. The remaining 24% isn't all original either, obviously.

Ugh (3, Funny)

eegad (588763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368368)

Freaking Replicants.

THIS WILL BE AWESOME! (0)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368488)

This should be a tv series.
They can have 13 spirits escape from Hell ^W^W^W^W 667 dangerous alien criminals escape from prison, and have Dekard have to track them down and retire them.

Replicant (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368376)

This is an idea that should be retired.

I don't want more life, fucker (3, Interesting)

Utini420 (444935) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368390)

This will all end in tears. One way or the other.

Re:I don't want more life, fucker (2)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368548)


I'll give you nightmares: imagine if they get George Lucas to do these.

Re:I don't want more life, fucker (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368678)

I'll give you nightmares: imagine if they get George Lucas to do these.

Then we'll all know up-front not to watch it.

And, seriously, except for re-hashing Star Wars, has Lucas actually been directly involved in making anything lately? IMDB [imdb.com] shows his producer credits as mostly related to Star Wars/Indiana Jones re-hashes.

Thankfully, as a film-maker, Lucas seems to be more or less done doing anything besides collecting royalties.

Re:I don't want more life, fucker (1)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368694)

Who's the DICK who wrote the filter that won't let you write a very long caps NO?

Seriously.....FUCK OFF!

Re:I don't want more life, fucker (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368576)

I have seen things you people wouldn't believe in the original.

Harrison Ford fighting killer androids.
Flying cars shimmering over the Los Angeles distopia.

All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time for a sequel.

To quote another movie that shouldn't've been made (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368392)

<vader>

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

</vader>

Re:To quote another movie that shouldn't've been m (4, Funny)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368606)

<vader>

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! [nooooooooooooooo.com]

</vader>

fixed that for you.

Re:To quote another movie that shouldn't've been m (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368796)

Wish I had points today! +1 funny :)

Yay! (4, Funny)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368402)

Blade Runner is a superb film and a sequel is long overdue!

Besides, what could possibly go wrong?

Re:Yay! (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368474)

Nothing...everything have gone to the dogs already, this will just add another centimeter to the grave.

May Allah, Tentaclemonster, Buddha and AO the overlord curse the bastards that invented IP whoring.

Re:Yay! (2)

Creepy (93888) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369212)

True - Highlander 2 made the first movie 10x better. wow - I didn't typing something sarcastic like that could make me physically sick, but it did. Sadly that horrible piece of trash didn't end the series and they made something like 9 more movies, none of which I'll ever see unless they're being used as torture.

Sure, why not (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368404)

and no there was no conspiracy about a fifth repilicant, its called their budget would not allow it.

Get the five disc collectors edition, watch the making of which is over four hours long. It smacks down most of the hair brained theories about why what happened, why something looked a certain way, and such.

and oh yeah, only Olmos originally knew what he was saying, he made it up.

As to the validity of making more. Sure, I don't want a re-make but a long time passed sequel would be nice and prequels don't need to involve the same characters to be valid stories.

The Best of Philip K Dick (2)

C_amiga_fan (1960858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368414)

Blade Runner is actually one of his lesser books. Philip has produced tons of great science-based fiction (and some fantasy):

http://www.amazon.com/Philip-K-Dick-Collection/dp/1598530496 [amazon.com]

The Man in the High Castle (1962)
Martian Time-Slip (1964)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)
Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb (1965)
Now Wait for Last Year (1966)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Ubik (1969)
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974)
A Scanner Darkly (1977)
A Maze of Death (1970)
VALIS (1981)
The Divine Invasion (1981)
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982)

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368512)

Blade Runner is actually one of his lesser books. Philip has produced tons of great science-based fiction (and some fantasy): ...Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)...

Dude, Blade Runner is based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (5, Informative)

C_amiga_fan (1960858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368550)

And short stories of course (not a complete list):
1. Beyond Lies the Wub
2. Roog
3. Paycheck
4. Second Variety (Screamers)
5. Imposter
6. The King of the Elves
7. Adjustment Team
8. Foster, You're Dead
9. Upon the Dull Earth
10. Autofac
11. The Minority Report
12. The Days of Perky Pat
13. Precious Artifact
14. A Game of Unchance
15. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Total Recall)
16. Faith of Our Fathers
17. The Electric Ant
18. A Little Something For Us Tempunauts
19. The Exit Door Leads In
20. Rautavaara's Case
21. I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
And some other random ones - Fair Game, The Hanging Stranger, The Eyes have it; The Golden Man; The Turning Wheel; The Last of the Masters; The Father-Thing; Strange Eden; Tony and the Beetles; Null-O; To Serve the Master; Exhibit Piece; The Crawlers; Sales Pitch; Shell Game; Upon the Dull Earth; Foster, you're dead; Pay for the Printer; War Veteran; The Chromium Fence; Second Variety.

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (1)

dmatos (232892) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368832)

You should also boldify:

3. Paycheck
Confessions of a Crap Artist (Confessions d'un Bario, French)
5. Impostor
The Golden Man (Next)
7. Adjustment Team (Adjustment Bureau, releasing soon)

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368944)

Imposter, The Golden Man (Next), The Adjustment Team (The Adjustment Bureau), and Paycheck have all become films, as have Confessions of a Crap Artist and A Scanner Darkly; and VALIS has become an opera. (Yes, an opera.) It is very unlikely that Man in the High Castle would be filmed, as the idea has been stolen so many times now that the interesting parts of the novel (the slippage between realities) will seem like a gimmick. UBIK was optioned at one point (maybe by John Lennon?), and I think The Unteleported Man/Lies Inc. and Electric Ant would make good films.

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (1)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368566)

Uh,

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

Is the book which the movie _Bladerunner_ was (loosely) based on. Moreover, _A Scanner Darkly_ was filmed in 2006. (Compleat list of films based on his works here: http://www.philipkdick.com/films_intro.html [philipkdick.com] )

I'm also not that wild about the Library of America Editions --- are they still setting _everything_ in Galliard? While I like that typeface, it's a bit too strong stylistically, esp. the italics, for such lengthy texts IMO.

William

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368618)

What's this "Blade Runner" book you speak of?

Obvious, but someone has to say this... (1)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368620)

Blade Runner is actually one of his lesser books. Philip has produced tons of great science-based fiction (and some fantasy):

Er, Blade Runner wasn't one of his books at all. Perhaps you're thinking of:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

...on which Blade Runner is loosely based (the electric sheep got cut).

A Scanner Darkly (1977)

Which got made into one of those rare and delicate creatures: a good film with Keanau Reeves in it.

Re:Obvious, but someone has to say this... (1)

C_amiga_fan (1960858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368798)

Thanks (to all three of ye). I enjoy being told "Blade Runner is actually called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by three separate persons. I already knew that, and really didn't need to be told in triplicate, but I appreciate the effort. "E"

Oh and by the way, the book DOES have 'Blade Runner' in the title, which was added later to make it more marketable: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Runner-Movie-Tie--Philip-Dick/dp/0345350472 [amazon.com]

Re:Obvious, but someone has to say this... (1)

Kentari (1265084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369026)

So you say 'Blade Runner' is a 'so-so' book, put 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' in the list of great works of Philip K. Dick on Slashdot. And you act surprised you get corrected 3 times and then continue the smugness? If you did something like this in a bar you'd be happy to walk out with your pants on.

And it doesn't have 'Blade Runner' in the title. If Philip K. Dick wanted it named Blade Runner he would have done so. Some idiots did so after his death and should be forced to eat all copies...

Re:The Best of Philip K Dick (2)

thisnamestoolong (1584383) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368922)

I am glad to see PKD getting a little love here on /. While Blade Runner is one of the greatest movies ever made, it is definitely not much of a reflection of the vision of Philip K. Dick (which, as a side note, is a good thing, as the novel that Blade Runner is based off of is one of his weaker works). While many movies have been based off of his books, the only one I have seen that really captures the same feel that his novels induce is A Scanner Darkly. It is seriously awesome and worth checking out. As far as his books go, I would have to say Valis is by far his masterpiece, he draws the reader so deeply into his psychosis that I started feeling like I was losing my mind by the end of the book.

sacrilege ! (1)

KernelMuncher (989766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368426)

Are Hollywood writers so creatively bankrupt that they have to leach off of a great movie from the past. Why can't they just leave a sci-fi classic like Blade Runner alone ? Just come up with some new and interesting ideas for a change. Is that too much to ask ? I guess so.

Re:sacrilege ! (1)

KernelMuncher (989766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368494)

woops - meant leech. Hollywood types who tarnish great originals with crappy remakes / prequels / sequels / etc = money grubbing blood suckers. But I'd guess most already knew that.

Re:sacrilege ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368502)

The writers aren't responsible for this it's the producers they decide what gets made the writers just fill in the blanks http://bit.ly/g2Eg5W

Re:sacrilege ! (4, Interesting)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368586)

The only surprise is that they're talking about new material inspired by Blade Runner, rather than planning a "even more gritty reboot!" of the original movie.

Re:sacrilege ! (1)

Mike Mentalist (544984) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368700)

Are Hollywood writers so creatively bankrupt that they have to leach off of a great movie from the past. Why can't they just leave a sci-fi classic like Blade Runner alone ? Just come up with some new and interesting ideas for a change. Is that too much to ask ? I guess so.

Why is there always someone moaning about sequels whenever one is announced? Blade Runner is nearly 30 years old and no matter how this new film turns out will still be there in it's original form to watch.

Given that BR is based on a book anyway why do you think that it is some amazingly original piece of work in the first place?

Re:sacrilege ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35369042)

Are Hollywood writers so creatively bankrupt that they have to leach off of a great movie from the past. Why can't they just leave a sci-fi classic like Blade Runner alone ? Just come up with some new and interesting ideas for a change. Is that too much to ask ? I guess so.

Why is there always someone moaning about sequels whenever one is announced? Blade Runner is nearly 30 years old and no matter how this new film turns out will still be there in it's original form to watch.

Given that BR is based on a book anyway why do you think that it is some amazingly original piece of work in the first place?

BR stands on its own as a great work without knowing about or reading the story on which its based. Past history suggests that a sequel will cash in on people's memories (possibly planted) of the original film in order to sell tickets to a piece of crap.

And in answer to the speculation of whether Ridley Scott will be involved in the sequel: Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, (snort), Ha, Ha

Re:sacrilege ! (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368784)

Are Hollywood writers so creatively bankrupt that they have to leach off of a great movie from the past.

Of course they are, have been for quite some time now. That, and the companies that make movies have decided there's no point in trying to make something new/original/good ... they'll just follow the Disney model of cranking out an endless series of sequels, prequels and remakes until everybody throws up their hands in disgust. They just take a story and run it into the ground.

Just come up with some new and interesting ideas for a change. Is that too much to ask ?

Likely, yes. And, I fear that if they did come up with something new and interesting, people wouldn't watch it since it was so far from what they want to see. Though, I'm skeptical they could actually come up with something new and interesting.

There are actors who basically get paid loads of money to repeatedly make what is essentially the exact same lousy movie -- change a few details, but essentially unleash the same zaniness as the last several movies, stick with what worked, and wait for the rubes to line up for tickets.

The sad thing is, these are the movies people go to see. Otherwise, they'd have stopped it by now.

Re:sacrilege ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368888)

I don't remember the name of the book off hand, but there is a book of PKD interviews and letters, and one chapter is how PKD was working hard to turn Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep into a TV show. It's possible that his notes on the subject are still around to be used.

Harrison Ford? (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368464)

Do you think they will try to use any of the original actors? I agree with most posts, seems like a bad idea.

Re:Harrison Ford? (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369138)

A great BR sequel could really be made at this point with Charlie Sheen as he undergoes his bipolar-1 induced psychotic break. [A non-drug-related tragedy for which he goes untreated while serving as a source of entertainment for us all.] Assuming Rx = lithium for a moment, there can be lithium-free and fully lithiated performances from Charlie as he loses and gains sanity from acquiring some thing or reaching some place or something. His scenes before gaining sanity in the screenplay could be left as blank pages because Charlie is perfectly capable of improvising several pages of "psychotic" monologue on the spot. e.g. "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... All these moments will be lost in time... like tears in the rain... time to take my lithium [gulp]."

Seriously, as for the original actors from an almost three-decades-old movie, no.

Obvious sequel (to the original theatre version) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368478)

Deckard and Rachel fly his car across the large stretches of wood, only and to end up at the Overlook Hotel.
There, they check into room 237. They do long walks in the garden maze, and Rachel takes a lot of baths.
Deckard only wears a tux, while Rachel is mostly, um, in the bath.

Enter Jack Torrance and his family...

Awesome universe (3)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368484)

I hope they'll make some movies exploring other areas of the Blade Runner universe. Recasting Deckard, the replicants, etc would be terrible.

But the universe is awesome, I'd welcome more stories from there.

Blade Runners!!! (1)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368668)

Deckard leads a crack team of Blade Runners (most of whom get killed in the second reel) to a colony world where they have to fight a whole nest of replicants!

Be careful what you wish for...

How about something new? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368520)

Instead of tarnishing another brand, how about invent a new one so that in 30 years, Hollywood has a whole new generation of material to rip off?

In other news.... (4, Interesting)

Unka Willbur (1771596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368528)

The classic Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is getting a sequel, a prequel and a reboot... "We feel there's a lot of left to explore in the world of 'Mona Lisa,'" said a greedy scum-sucking banker-type who wouldn't know art if it slapped him upside his swollen ego with a jugged fish,.

NNNNooooooooo! (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368530)

I *trust* Hollywood.... to fuck it up. Hollywood has not made a good film since "Fight Club". Leave Blade Runner alone. It's perfect as it is. What's next, a sequel to "Casablanca"? How about a prequel, where Rick is *in* Paris? God, when will it all end? Can someone please NUKE Hollywood to save us from them? It would be a public service to humanity. I didn't even bother going to the sequel to TRON (still haven't seen it, that's right), out of respect for the original. Hollywood, can you hear me? STOP RIGHT NOW. I will find you and burn down the set if you start shooting Blade Runner sequels.
For the love of god, STOP!

Re:NNNNooooooooo! (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368850)

yeah you were right to not see the sequel to Tron. The script was pretty much 100% crap, clearly just there to provide a vehicle for the CGI.

Moderately obscure question: (2)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368532)

Can they get the rights to have the fictional band Priss and the Replicants in at least one of these? It would be hilarious for those of us that get the joke.

Re:Moderately obscure question: (1, Troll)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368612)

Don't forget to add some Boomers that look like "The Terminator". Really. Bubble Gum Crisis? That was like absolute proof that anime is just dreck that makes something "original" by copying from 9 different sources.

Of course, the flipside to that was that "the Matrix" was a ripoff of 'Ghost in the Shell.'

Movie sequel books (2)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368538)

K. W. Jeter published two attempts at writing a sequel to Blade Runner, inspired by the movie rather than PKD's original novel. The Edge of Human [amazon.com] and Replicant Night [amazon.com] waver along the edge between mediocre and horrifying throughout. I have little hope for a movie to do better.

Prequel name votes... (1)

SeNtM (965176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368588)

Blade Walker

Re:Prequel name votes... (3, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369024)

Blade Walker, Mars Ranger

Blade, the direct descendant of Cordell Walker, Texas Ranger, enforces the law and hunts renegade replicants in the wild frontier of an offworld colony on Mars.

What ???? (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368592)

Sequels and Prequels of Blade Runner, and Ridley Scott may or may not be involved???

So, they're going to make generic sci-fi movies that loosely relate to Blade Runner, and that none of the fans of the original will care about seeing ... and people who didn't like/didn't see the original won't care about seeing.

Who do they expect to be watching this? They better have damned good screen plays for this, or they're throwing money down a hole trying to capitalize on the legacy of a good movie only to find out they don't have an audience.

This has all the potential to become a complete flop. I'll stick with my director's cut of the original unless I hear some really compelling reasons that this isn't going to be crap.

Re:What ???? (1)

kevinmenzel (1403457) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368846)

I think they expect the people who didn't watch the original, but have heard of it to go see their generic, Sci-Fi action piece, with a whole bunch of explosions and shit. And there's a huge audience for mindless crap in the theatres, especially mindless crap with some sort of name recognition.

Re:What ???? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368928)

I think they expect the people who didn't watch the original, but have heard of it to go see their generic, Sci-Fi action piece, with a whole bunch of explosions and shit. And there's a huge audience for mindless crap in the theatres, especially mindless crap with some sort of name recognition.

Yeah, but that can backfire on them ... if they manage to annoy the fans, and confuse the rest of the people, they end up with a movie that neither group will watch.

I predict this to be the more likely outcome.

Re:What ???? (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368916)

We're headed into Highlander Sequel territory full steam ahead, here...

Re:What ???? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369082)

We're headed into Highlander Sequel territory full steam ahead, here...

Ah, an entire series of movies I can say quite happily that I have never seen.

After the original, nothing could have possibly compared. There can be only one.

Sequel? So US Theatrical ver is definative then? (1)

jzarling (600712) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368602)

If we take Ridley Scott's word for it, Deckard is a replicant, and by deleting the narration the concept of Rachel not having a expiration date is lost.

Well, we asked for it... (1)

jnelson4765 (845296) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368608)

If people didn't go to the movies, they wouldn't make money. They know (Hollywood, that is) that they'll get a $12 ticket from enough aging geeks for a lame turd of an eye-poking 3D pile of mawkish sentimental rehash sludge to make their money back. Plus, the movie tie-ins are worth a lot of money - how much does McDonald's pay for the rights for those Happy Meal Toys? Mattel? The video game rights?

I guarantee this will make its money back. No matter how bad it is - they'll make it in some kind of tax shelter state or country which has a huge tax rebate on movie production, count the full cost of production against the bottom line, and claim it lost money to all the people involved with the actual production. All while the money people make a healthy profit.

So, would you go see it? Of course you would. Even if it's mediocre. They just have to buy enough good reviews to get you into the theater. They don't have to actually work.

Now, on a more serious note, let's see who the creative team is that is working on it before saying it'll suck. There are some very good writers, directors, and cinematographers out there who won't give it the "G.I. Joe: Rise of My Gorge" treatment.

Re:Well, we asked for it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368912)

Actually, that's a great point. Blade Runner is the perfect franchise for the three things Hollywood loves the most right now: 3D, product placement, and tie-ins. There will definitely be a video game. There will absolutely be a screenful of corporate logos (but no Atari this time). And those slow-moving beautiful panoramas we saw in the original will be replaced by fast-moving 3D CGI.

Someone already made a cop with android TV show (1)

dicobalt (1536225) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368664)

It was called Total Recall 2070, it came out in 1999. You can watch it on Hulu.

Greg Egan (1)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368718)

In Greg Egan's book Terenesia the protagonist is taken to see:

Blade Runner(tm) OnIce(tm) With Songs InTheStyleOf(r) Gilbert and Sullivan(tm)

Why did I just think of that?

It's just been too long (1)

scotts13 (1371443) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368724)

Series of films, if planned that way, are OK. Sequels CAN be alright. Prequels and remakes are almost always terrible. In this case, we have a film long acknowledged to be a classic; the quick immersion and open-to interpretation ending neither require nor invite extension in either direction. Virtually none of the original actors (or anything else) can be re-used. So we'll have the typical Hollywood "grab the name and include a few hooks to the original' disaster. If only there was a way to get people to STOP GOING to these wretched things; perhaps eventually the money people would return to allowing original works. Like a "Forbidden Planet" prequel. (GRIN).

This will not end well. (3, Informative)

0111 1110 (518466) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368730)

Alcon Entertainment has previously produced 19 other films, including The Blind Side, Insomnia, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant, P.S. I Love You and the post apocalyptic science fiction film The Book of Eli, which starred Denzel Washington.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcon_Entertainment [wikipedia.org]

Lost & Found
My Dog Skip
The Affair of the Necklace
Insomnia
Love Don't Cost a Thing
Chasing Liberty
Racing Stripes
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
16 Blocks
The Wicker Man
P.S. I Love You
One Missed Call
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
The Blind Side
The Book of Eli
Lottery Ticket

No. This will not end well. Although, to be fair, Insomnia was not bad. It's just that the Norwegian original was much, much better. The remake was not necessary. We can only pray that these jokers choose a decent writer and director for like the first time in their lives. This should have been tagged with "whatcouldpossiblygowrong".

Finally learned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368748)

After the disasters of Highlander 2+ (etc.), Matrix 2+, Star-Wars 1-3, goddam crystal skull, Aliens 3+, etc. etc. I've finally learned not to see any sequel to any movie I love. In all the cases above, the sequel(s) have been so awful that they ruin my enjoyment of the original movie(s). (How many of us can watch Star Wars 4-6 again and feel the same way about Darth Vader now that we know he became one of the most powerful evil forces in the galaxy because he had an only slightly larger amount of teenage angst than the average teenager?. Every time I see Vader now I just laugh.) It's just not going to happen again. There is absolutely zero chance I'll go see any sequel to Blade Runner.

Is Jar Jar Binks going to be in them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35368802)

Bring Back Jar Jar !!!

Can't wait! (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368910)

The sooner it comes out, the sooner we can have a thread where we all rag on what a disappointment it was.

C'mon, Hollywood - surprise me. I dare you!

aargh. (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 3 years ago | (#35368960)

As they're almost certainly gonna screw it up by making yet another high-budget CGI-fest with no plot whatsoever, I wish they would call it something else entirely rather than try and associate shit with my most favourite film.

Worst. Headline. Ever. (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#35369034)

RTFA - there's a big difference between "in final discussions...at a very preliminary stage" and "happening". Until someone on a set says "aaaannnddd ACTION!" I'd treat this as Hollywood FUD.

.

where is this going to go? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35369048)

Firstly, Deckard is a Replicant. I just wanted to get that out of the way before anything else. On to the premise of the sequel.

I guess they could threaten Deckard with death or imprisonment as an inducement to bring him in from retirement with one of those "I'm too old for this shit" monologues. I don't see that working though. Why? Lack of continuity. It would not work for me unless Deckard was Harrison Ford.

"So we finally caught up with, Deckard, As-Played-By-Sam-Worthington".

"Oh, man! I thought all of those false trails I left, the "No Replicants Here!" signs, would surely keep you guys off my back, like, indefinitely."

"Ha Ha! Foiled again, Non-Harrison-Ford Deckard".

Harrison Ford making a cameo as Deckard would work; maybe a younger actor, playing a new character, is made from the Deckard template, and he meets Harrison Ford/original Deckard.

I don't know. All of that is superficial. At the end of the day, it needs to be a very good story. That's all.

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