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Video: TOTAL RECALL (2012)!

Posted in Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2012 by ghostradioworld

Sequels, prequels, threequels, remakes, reimaginings, relaunches, restarts, reboots … and good old fashioned regurgitation.  The latest (above) is Total Recall.

Ridely Scott to Direct New BLADE RUNNER Film!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by ghostradioworld

Back in March, we reported on Alcon securing the rights to produce prequels and sequels to the film Blade Runner.  At the time we had this to say:

We’re usually fairly sanguine about these things.  But we think:  Grubby Hands + Blade Runner = Genre Rape.   We wouldn’t mind a filmmaker taking another pass at Philip K. Dick‘s original novel.  But the world of Blade Runner should be kept singular and alone.  Are you with us?

And in response to a comment we added this:

Even if Ridley is involved, we’re not that interested. BR was a specific movie, made at a specific time, and should be left alone.

Well, that eventuality has come to pass.   Deadline reported today that Ridley Scott has signed to direct this project.  It is unclear at this point where it’s a sequel or prequel.  And Harrison Ford’s involvement also isn’t known.

So?  Do we stick to our original reaction?  Sadly, yes, some movie universes should just be left alone.  No matter how enticing a potential sequel or prequel might be.   They shouldn’t be disturbed.  Just think how much happier we’d all be if The Matrix had ended after one film.

Alcon Secures Rights to BLADE RUNNER!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Video with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by ghostradioworld

In this franchise mad world, it was bound to happen.  Some production group would wipe their grubby hands all over Blade Runner.  Arguably the greatest Science Fiction film in movie history.

So who do those grubby hands belong to?  It’s Alcon Entertainment.  Best know for The Blind Side and Book of Eli.  Thankfully, the rights they’ve secured don’t allow them to remake Blade Runner.  But it will allow them to make prequels and sequels, exploiting content specific to the original film.   What would this mean?   A Roy Batty prequel?  Will we see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion?  C-Beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate?  Ugh … the thought is cringe inducing.

We’re usually fairly sanguine about these things.  But we think:  Grubby Hands + Blade Runner = Genre Rape.   We wouldn’t mind a filmmaker taking another pass at Philip K. Dick‘s original novel.  But the world of Blade Runner should be kept singular and alone.  Are you with us?

Harlan Ellison’s “OSCAR” Memories!

Posted in Books, Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by ghostradioworld

This clip, from the fantastic documentary “Dreams With Sharp Teeth“, outlines Harlan Ellison‘s experience making The Oscar.  So don’t tell us we don’t offer more interesting Oscar coverage than your average site.  And, if you liked the clip, check out the rest of this documentary.  It’s currently streaming on Netflix.  Well worth your time.

Gondry to Direct UBIK!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by ghostradioworld

Wacked-out director Michel Gondry announced recently he’s adapting Philip K. Dick‘s novel Ubik for the screen!  Dick is as wacked-out as Gondry, if not more so.  And Ubik is one of his most wacked-out novels.   Just some of the highlights of the novel include:  Anti-telepaths, sentient doors, half-dead spouses, psychic spying, and a stereo system that reverts into a gramophone.  Not to mention the usual reality distorting twists and turns that are common in all of Dick’s novels.   In short, it’s a masterpiece.

Gondry has handled some complicated material in his time.  But this is going to be a real challenge.  Honor the original.  And the film will be difficult to understand.  Simplify it too much.  And it loses much of its power.  And don’t get us started on the tone.  No one has ever nailed the tone of Dick’s novel.

Farrell, Fassbender and Hardy May Have TOTAL RECALL!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Hollywood Reporter let slip that the remake of Total Recall has entered the casting stage, and the production is considering Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender or Tom Hardy for the lead.  Farrell is considered the front runner.

Farrell, interesting enough, appeared in Minority Report.  A film which was originally developed as a sequel to Total Recall.  Both films were based on short stories by Philip K. Dick.

Ridley Scott Producing Philip K. Dick Project!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by ghostradioworld

According to Deadline Hollywood, Ridley Scott will produce a four part BBC miniseries based on Philip K. Dick‘s Hugo Award winning novel The Man in the High Castle.  The novel is about a world in which the Axis powers won World War II.  This represents the first Ridley Scott adaptation of one Dick’s works since Blade RunnerHoward Brenton has been hired to pen the adaption.

This is great news.  The Man in the High Castle is a classic of Science Fiction literature.  And a thrilling read.  We highly recommend it.

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