Monday, 19 May 2014

L.J. SPENCE'S STARTING POINTS: BLADE RUNNER

L.J. SPENCE'S STARTING POINTS

25. BLADE RUNNER (1982, dir. Ridley Scott)

19/05/2014


Someone needs to have a chat with the people that have been most vocally in favour of a "Bade Runner 2,"  and then talk to the people that could wind up making it, which appears to be mostly the same people that made the original.

I do not understand where the demand has come from for a sequel to a film that took ten years and a director's cut for people to like in the first place - in fact, the 1991 Director's Cut, and the 2007 Final Cut, are sequels enough, so they could always go that way again, or do a "Star Wars Special Edition" and beef up the special effects unnecessarily.

I don't see what kind of story can be made for a sequel either. The film depicts an uncertain, ambiguous future, and is likewise filled with uncertain, ambiguous characters. Answers will take away from these, and the postmodern nature of the film itself will be compromised if you follow the fans, with their ideas, and create a grand myth of the type the original film disdained by its own design.

Recently, the company that could make the sequel made a public appeal to Harrison Ford to join them - the same Harrison Ford that they know is making a seventh "Star Wars" episode right now, and was practically the last person to join that project. Arguably, no Deckard means no film, much more than the difference no Han Solo could have made.

Fans should never be given what they want. When Frank Miller wrote and drew "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" in 2001-02, it received much negative criticism from those who basically wanted, "The Dark Knight Returns... Again," and not something as original as the previous work. Rehashing what was good the last time is ultimately unsatisfying, as "Star Wars" fans may soon find out. However, it may all work out in a way no-one could have predicted, which may be the only way "Blade Runner 2," or "Star Wars Epsiode VII," can work.


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