I’ve Seen “Blade Runner” Remakes You People Wouldn’t Believe


The number of versions of “Blade Runner“, which had already jumped the shark, has now jumped the Loch Ness Monster: director Ridley Scott plans to make yet another “Blade Runner” movie. It is not yet known whether the new “Blade Runner” will be a sequel, prequel, reboot, or otherwise. Either way, what can Angelenos expect if the new “Blade Runner” is again set in Los Angeles?

In the original “Blade Runner”, L.A. was full of digital video billboards, rain, darkness, squalor, and Asian people. What kind of future dystopic Los Angeles might be represented in the next version of the movie? With a stretch of the imagination, one could envision distracted drivers plowing into each other while texting, a city paralyzed by fear because of one road construction project, rabid sports fans beating each other nearly to death, proposals to ban circumcision of male babies, fast-food burger joints spreading like kudzu, an epidemic of elective cosmetic surgery, … oh wait …..

4 Replies to “I’ve Seen “Blade Runner” Remakes You People Wouldn’t Believe”

  1. “Jumped the shark?” Says you. But then that’s coming from a rabid fan of the film who as coincidence would have it just finally read PK Dick’s novel from which it was based, followed by Paul Sammon’s “Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.”

    Let’s put it this way, 29 years later and I STILL regret choosing to see “ET” over “BR” during the summer of 1982 (back then as a teen my limited finances forced me to choose one over the other). So much so that I’ve watched each of all those versions several times on VHS and DVD over the years — and when the “final cut” was released in 2007 and I finally got to make things right and see one of my favorite films in the theater I sat in the dark at the opening text crawl before Vangelis’ score boomed open and wept for fucking joy.

    So snarf and pffft all you want over the original and the news that a new “Blade Runner” is on the way and with none other than Ridley Scott at the motherfucking helm. Pardon me if I don’t share your lack of enthusiasm.

    1. Will, you totally missed my 1st point. I’m a HUUUUGE fan of “Blade Runner”, and have seen it in its various iterations at least 45 times. I own 1 version on DVD. I’ve owned a copy of the Vangelis soundtrack since the late 80s. My first link in this post is to my recent post here about an amazing video I discovered that revisits many of the movie’s iconic shots and L.A. locations. But the minor 1st point I was making was that, ESPECIALLY for some huge fans of the movie, the number of versions extant has become something of a joke. For example, I would have no idea which version you’re even referring to when you talk about “the original”.

      The bigger point of the post was to try to relate it back to the movie’s L.A. setting, and ponder what kinds of strange L.A.-related things will take place in the new movie if it is set in L.A. and in the future. This is, after all, Blogging.LA, and we post about Los Angeles. I tried to add a bit of L.A. social commentary to boot, i.e, that a new portrayal of L.A. might have to get pretty damn strange to top the reality that we Angelenos live in today. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. At the same time, it’s totally fine that you harped on the more minor 1st point in the post — lots of people in the blogosphere major in the minor points, and that can be a lot of fun when the comments spool out in an unexpected way.

      I’m very much looking forward to another “Blade Runner” from Ridley Scott, whatever it turns out to be. I really hope it’s set in L.A. again, which will provide grist for great discussions & future Blogging.LA posts. No snarfing & pffting here, I can assure you. Anyway, I thought snarfing is what happens when you’re drinking soda & you laugh really hard & it comes out of your nose.

      1. I must beg forgiveness for my missing your point so completely and being such a defensive dickhole. Such a failure to empathize with your intent leaves me no other recourse but to self-administer a Voight-Kampf test immediately. BRB.

        1. It’s all good. Unless you tell me your favorite version is the original U.S. theatrical, with the Harrison Ford narration & the deletion of crucial scenes & the too-cute ending. Them’s fightin’ words.

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