Thursday, 3 March 2011

Hollywood Babble On & On #687: Miscellaneous Movie/Media/Musings

Welcome to the show folks...

Sorry for not posting much yesterday. It was one of those days. Anyway, here are a few snippets for you to chew on for today.


Well, it looks like NBC's attempt at doing another superhero drama has been canceled, and its finale will be posted on the internet instead of being broadcast.

Now I'm not the type to say "I told you so" when it comes to predicting that it was unlikely that it would survive... but guess what.... I DID!


Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has had the way cleared for his News Corporation to buy up the parts of the British BSkyB channel which he didn't already own. There was a lot of opposition to Murdoch taking over the channel, but most of it was based on the simple fact that a lot of people don't like Murdoch, and he loves to push those people's buttons.

3. WHY?

Warner Bros. is in final negotiations to start making sequels and maybe even prequels to the classic 80s SF film
Blade Runner.

Think about the facts behind this decision. The original
Blade Runner, was actually a box office failure, only finding an audience in home video. Fans of the original film will view these new projects as a shameless attempt to cash in on their love of the original along the lines of the multiple cuts and versions of the film they put out on DVD a while back.

I'm just not seeing the logic behind this, unless they go completely Michael Bay and turn it into nothing but an FX spectacular with lots of explosions and cheap excuses for hot chicks to wear skimpy outfits.

While that way may win new fans, it will definitely offend the fans of the original.

Why can't Hollywood let sleeping dogs lie?

Probably a combination of greed, stupidity, and fear of doing anything original.


  1. For what it might be worth, there were a couple of sequel novels published in the 1990s.

    I didn't read them, but they were written by K.W. Jeter, who is (was?) a serious SF writer heavily influenced by PK Dick, so I'm willing to bet that they, at least, were decent. If the movies were based on those, I might be interested. Not, you know, very, but more than otherwise.

  2. Dirty McDingus Sezs:
    It seems when Summer is involved in anything in the last decade, the show is almost immediately Canceled. She's a treat to see. "Summer Poison" is the new hollyweird catch that everybody can't get enough of!

  3. D. Jason--

    I heard of one of the sequels, and since I haven't read them I won't judge. However, this is Hollywood we're talking about, and I fear that the better the quality of those literary sequels the less likely they'll be used for the movies.