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Sean Redmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325093

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.001.0001

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Institutions and Authors

Institutions and Authors

(p.59) 4. Institutions and Authors
Blade Runner

Sean Redmond

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Ridley Scott's Blade Runner as a textbook case of how the contemporary Hollywood studio system works or rather fails to work properly. It explores Blade Runner as a case study of budgetary problems, falling outs, rows on the shoot, sneak screenings, sackings, final cuts, and director's cuts. It also analyzes how Blade Runner's commercials are privileged over all other artistic and professional considerations where filmmaking is concerned. The chapter mentions The Deer Hunterproducer Michael Deeley, who offered the Blade Runner project to Scott. It recounts how Scott officially signed on to make the Blade Runner on 21 February 1980.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, textbook case, Hollywood studio system, Michael Deeley, commercial

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