Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dracula, Frankenstein, and Werewolf News


DarkHorizons notes:

•A book is planned for next year based on Bram Stoker’s own notes for a Dracula sequel — with the help of his wonderfully-named great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker.

Guillermo Del Toro is not only planning a Frankenstein movie but wants the lupine Wargs in The Hobbit to look more like real, lean wolves than the ones seen in Lord of the Rings (and wants the battles to feel more like World War I, in which Tolkien saw friends die).

•More troublingly, though, the scriptwriter of Eagle Eye is writing and pitching a Blade Runner sequel, even after his writing partner abandoned the project, increasingly troubled by the idea of writing a sequel to the classic original (itself influenced by Frankenstein, as is especially clear in the Roy/Tyrell conversation about meeting one’s imperfect maker).

I would have no problem at all with a sequel — as long as Ridley Scott directed it, Harrison Ford and Sean Young starred in it, and Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs came back from the dead to work on the storyline and film treatment, respectively.

A clueless Ed Koch, inexplicably assigned to be a film reviewer years ago, predicted a Blade Runner sequel after seeing the film in 1991 and thinking it was new — but his dark, ignorant prophecy may be fulfilled after all, it appears.

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