Uncle Sam urges you to do your patriotic duty and see Magic Mike.
Twenty years ago, the news that Ridley Scott was going to be revisiting the futuristic world he created in Blade Runner would have been met with hosannas by that 1982 film's passionate fanbase. But after two decades, too many "director's cuts," an overabundance of disappointing prequels/reboots/spin-offs of other seminal sci-fi movies and Scott's own spotty recent track record (Robin Hood or Body of Lies anyone?), it's hard to view this as anything other than a bad idea. Nevertheless, there's still a chance that a trip back to the Blade Runner universe could yield something good or even great. We humbly offer a few suggestions on how to avoid a Phantom Menace-like backlash.
Director Ridley Scott recently announced that he was about to begin work on a prequel to one of his most popular films, the sci-fi/horror/genre-defining movie Alien. While we can't deny that we'd love to see a good Alien movie, a prequel seems like the wrong way to go, since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, the fan-favorite character from the series, couldn't be in it, and to show where exactly the xenomorphs come from would take all of the mystery out of them. We came up with a list of genre films that need prequels -- good ones -- more than Alien does, starting with another Ridley Scott film...
Blade Runner is one of the coolest movies ever, so it was with some trepidation that I read /Film's report about the possibility of a sequel. On the up side, at least my instantaneous reflexes of fear and empathy for other fans of the movie prove I'm not a replicant. On the down side, it means I'll probably never get my hair to look all retro-futuristic like Rachael's. But on to the much more important matter at hand: It appears that one of the Eagle Eye co-writers is penning a script for a follow-up to the 1982 movie adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel about a man who hunts rogue androids, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? At this point, /Film is careful to note that Travis Wright is not writing this with any studio's involvement at this point. One might even say Wright being something of a rogue himself.
You hear about them all the time -- awesome Hollywood props going for big bucks and then getting locked away somewhere where no one will ever see them again. Isn't it time we took back these historical treasures? And by "take back," I mean shouldn't we buy them ourselves, and lock them away somewhere where only we and a handful of our friends will ever see them again? Well, now's our chance -- online site liveauctioneers.com is hosting a big Hollywood auction, with tons of film-used superhero costumes (Superman, X-Men, Daredevil, Batman, Captain America and both the movie and TV Spider-Men), as well as a ton of items from Terminator, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner, Highlander and Conan, and it ends August 1st, which means we have to move quick.
No, I don't mean that Ridley Scott is going to direct a movie so bad that it will make the sure-to-be-cheesy adaptation of the real estate board game Monopoly look like Blade Runner in comparison. I mean that Ridley Scott, the director of Blade Runner and Alien, who was on the verge of redeeming himself as a geek auteur with adaptations of Robin Hood and The Forever War, is now signed on to direct the Monopoly movie, and he wants to make it look like Blade Runner. Which makes sense, because you'd have to travel pretty far into the future to find a way to make the housing market exciting again. (Or maybe he's going for dystopic?)
Director Ridley Scott's not waiting to see how his most recent film, Body of Lies, does to announce his next project. Well, technically, his next project, Nottingham, has been announced and in the works for awhile now. But now he's announced what he'll be working on after that: The Forever War, based on the novel of the same name.