Sunday, June 1, 2014


Welcome to another edition of the OFF-WORLD NEWS Digest.

In the news ...

Harrison Ford Officially Offered 'Blade Runner' Sequel 

Alcon Entertainment has made an official offer to Harrison Ford, asking him to reprise his role as Deckard in the new Blade Runner movie.  "We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project." -Alcon co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Back in April (2014), during a Reddit AMA, Harrison Ford said he would like to work with Ridley Scott again on a future Blade Runner movie. "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character."

Not much else is known about the project apart from the involvement of screenwriters Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) and Michael Green and that the story will take place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Read the entire article HERE.

Moments Lost: A Blade Runner Tribute

In an article posted at Gizmodo, its title says that This Blade Runner Art Show Will Hold You Over Until the Sequel. On display starting at 7PM on May 31st at the Bottleneck Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Moments Lost will feature a brand new, beautifully composed extension to the classic Blade Runner soundtrack accompanied by a selection of art work. Read the full article HERE.

Philosophy and Blade Runner 

by Timothy Shanahan

Philosophy and Blade Runner is the first book to explore a full range of philosophical issues in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. Through critical examination of the film's distinctive treatment of perennial philosophical issues including human nature, personhood, identity, consciousness, free will, morality, God, death, time, and the meaning of life, the distinctive philosophy of Blade Runner is explored and assessed. The result is an engaging philosophical exploration of the greatest science fiction film of all time and a unique contribution to the philosophy of film that invites readers to ponder questions of universal human significance: Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got?

Timothy Shanahan is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, USA. He is the author of Reason and Insight (2003), The Evolution of Darwinism (2004), Philosophy 9/11 (2005), The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism (2009), and over two dozen articles in scholarly journals.

When I asked the author what it was that made him write this book, he replied, "What made me want to devote 4 1/2 years of my life to writing this book? I guess the short answer is that I was simply blown away by this movie in a way in which I've never been affected by another movie (with the possible exception of Enter the Dragon, but that was when I was a youth). I was struck by the fact that the film was so incredibly philosophically rich, and while folks seemed to recognize that it is "a philosophical movie" in some vague sense, I felt that there was far more to it than anyone had really identified and explained. So I set about mining some of the film's philosophical riches. Writing the book became a vehicle for me to figure out for myself and then to share with others what I think I saw in the film. I'm glad that I did it."

You can purchase the book at Amazon or directly from the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan.

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~ Kipple

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