Alcon Entertainment the people behind The Book of Eli, P.S. I Love You and The Wicker Man have picked up the rights to do Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels… note the plural, I don’t know if the plural was intentional but it could be…
Blade Runner is one of the tightest Science fiction movies ever released, it still packs a punch now almost 30 years after it was released, it doesn’t need to be remade, or to have sequels/prequels made. It works stand alone as it is.
But a little devil in the back of my mind keeps saying “What if?” What if they get it right, what if they capture Blade Runners visual style, it’s atmosphere it’s magic, that could be awesome! But no! I must maintain my cynical edge! Look what they did to Transformers! Look what they did to G.I. Joe, TMNT… Every Series from the 80’s that gets rehashed, remade etc just gets raped for intellectual property because it will sell purely on nostalgia… “There was Battlestar Galactica that was pretty awesome” pipes up the demon in the back of my mind… I’ll give him that, but in the grand scale of things Battlestar is the exception rather than the rule.
I really want this to be awesome, but to be honest I doubt it will be.
Via Boing Boing.
Also Via Off-World News
Topless Robot may not be excited about this but I am, the original Bubblegum Crisis was on of my favourite Anime, and the refresh Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 was also awesome. Heck I even like AD Police (Both the original 3 OAVs and the newer series, and Parasite Dolls). The whole Bladerunner inspired setting is just awesome. I mean who can’t like 4 women kicking robot ass in battle suits! And they are making a live action version of this? Count me in!
The film will be directed by Anthony LaMolinara (Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Toy Story) and will be called Bubblegum Crisis: Knight Sabres, and begins shooting next spring.
Via Topless Robot More Info at Anime News Network
I’m a big fan of subverting the attempts of various governmental and non governmental bodies to monitor our every movement. So when our society becomes so “Minority Report”-esque that they start tracking us using facial recognition, I’ll look into the research of Adam Harvey.
He’s researching subversive make up that foils facial recognition and has come up with some pretty cool looking designs that look like something straight out of Bladerunner. The key is apparently in breaking the symmetry of the face.
In the image above faces with a red square were recognised by a computer, so the point of this is to make the faces unrecognisable as faces by a computer. The problem is that software companies will just factor this make up into their algorithms. I like the Idea of an arms race between make up artists and facial recognition software companies though.
Via Geekosystem Via The Register.