Thursday, March 3, 2011

Do Hollywood Producers Dream Of Defacing Classics For Money?

Cannibalization is one thing. Devouring the remains, eating the raw liver, and sucking out the bone marrow is a-wholenother matter entirely.

People don’t understand the appeal behind a movie like—okay, I need to back up, don’t I?

Here’s where this comes from: Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment are “in final discussions to secure film, television, and ancillary franchise rights” to Blade Runner.

No, you read that right. They’re franchising. Blade Runner. Now I can get in to what I was saying...

People don’t understand the appeal behind a movie like Blade Runner - or even The Crow or any sci-fi/fantasy movie that audiences loved and Hollywood assclowns see dollar signs around in association with a cult following - isn’t that this is cool universe to play in or all the story possibilities. The stories themselves were more allegories on the human condition. Especially with Blade Runner, which was a philosophical pondering on human morality and mortality based on a story by Phillip K Dick that was very much more of the same. It just so happened that Ridley Scott made that setting work visually, and Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, and a ton of others made it work in many other ways.

All of that gets lost, it seems, in the never-ending battle of commerce vs. art. Fans see a great film, Hollywood sees an opportunity for further exploitation. And talk about the wrong avenue to pursue...a Holy Grail like Blade Runner?

The justification for this is well-nigh priceless. Johnson and Kosove stated that—get this:

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.

First of all, if you guys “recognized the responsibility you have to do justice to the memory the original,” you’d realize this entire thing is a bad idea and forget about it. This Blog post wouldn’t exist because neither would this announcement that you two plan on carrying this blasphemy out.

Secondly, you’re “not just limiting yourselves to one medium only”? Because that worked so well for Highlander. And do we even have to discuss the atrocities done in the name of The Crow? Stairway To Heaven, anyone? These are the footsteps you two follow in.

Do you think Roy Batty would have given that heartfelt monologue about life if he knew this announcement would be the result of it?

...and just as I have this finished up, it’s announced that Johnson and Kosove are after Ridley Scott to get involved in all this - already blowing their rhetoric about “limiting themselves to one medium” out of the water.

I already see where this is headed - to a destiny that involves fading from memory. Like so many tears in the rain.

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