September 29 2008

Hollywood Truly Has No Clue What It Is Doing Anymore

According to IO9, there is talk of someone doing a sequel to Blade Runner.

Okay, first off, the original film came out in 1982, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick named Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, and while it has cult status, I doubt many people younger than myself even know of this film.  Considering this project isn’t locked, and lead times for effects heavy films are 2 – 3 years, you’re looking at 2010 or 2011 for this to come out.  That would put this project close to the 30 year mark since the original, making progressively less sense.

Secondly… IT ISN’T NEEDED!  Blade Runner is one of those works that, no matter which cut of it you watch, it is a complete and perfect work.  Fantastic story, great acting and with so many years gone by, the visuals still pack a heck of a wallop.  I watched it on HD-DVD when the deluxe boxed set came out, and there were even more astonishing details lurking in the shadows, and with a bit of effects cleaning, it was just… wow.  Capturing the vibe of this film a second time would be next to impossible and, quite simply, should just not be done.

This is where Hollywood is just depressing me more and more.  We just hear about bad idea after bad idea, and there seems to be no stopping them.  Remember MTV is remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show?  There are talks that the remake of Ed Wood’s schlock classic, Plan 9 From Outer Space, is moving ahead.  Possibly a Men In Black 3, which is so not needed (and the cartoon series actually was better than the second film).

It just seems like bad idea afte rbad idea is coming out of Hollywood lately, and no one is saying “wait a minute…”.  I think the time has come for exectutives to come out of their ivory towers and hear what people actually have to say about these projects.  They need to be stopped before they even get started, and save all of us the inevitable pain.

Just say no to Blade Runner 2… please.

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