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2. What book is it based on? (Blade Runner)




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This article is from the Blade Runner FAQ, by Murray Chapmanmuzzle@cs.uq.oz.au with numerous contributions by others.

2. What book is it based on? (Blade Runner)

Blade Runner is LOOSELY based on a Philip K. Dick novel, "Do Androids Dream
of Electric Sheep" (DADoES). The least one can say about the film adaptation
is that it borrowed a number of concepts and characters from the book. Dick
also wrote the short story that "Total Recall" was based on, "We Can Remember
It For You, Wholesale". A recurring theme in Dick's work is the question of
personal and human identity. A question explored more in DADoES and "Total
Recall" than in Blade Runner is "what is reality?"

You are most likely to find DADoES in a second-hand bookstore. It has been
re-printed as: "Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)."

The title comes from Alan E. Nourse, who wrote a story called "The
Bladerunner". William S. Burroughs took the book and wrote "Bladerunner (A
Movie)" in 1979. Rights to the title only ("in perpetuity") were sold to
Ridley Scott. Similarities between Nourse's "The Bladerunner" and Scott's BR
are in name only. Nourse's title refers to people who deliver medical
instruments to outlaw doctors who can't obtain them legally. [Source: Locus,
September 1992: p. 76.] Scott thought the title made a good codename for
Deckard.

Some of the "visuals" were inspired by a story from Dan O'Bannon and Moebius
(Jean Giraud) called "The Long Tomorrow" in an issue of the French "Wonders
of the Universe" comic book series [see section 7]. The back of the comic
book says (translated from French):

"This comic-book also contains other famous stories,
like "The Long Tomorrow", which originally was thought
to be a parody, but ended up being more real, than what
it was meant to be a parody of: the classic American
detective-story. This story was later used as a visual
reference for the movie "Blade Runner".

Jean Giraud did the costume design for the Walt Disney movie "Tron", and Syd
Mead did the mechanical design.

 

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