Blade Runner is one of my all time favorite movies. I remember renting the VHS version and I didnt like it much. The visuals were great, but the voice over and bad ending kinda turned me off. It wasnt until I watched the directors cut years later than I became a big fan of it.
The rereleased DVD that came a few years ago had an excellent documentary about the making of. On the effects one of the ppl that worked on the film summarized it perfectly: Blade Runner is one of the last movies with great in-camera optical
effects. No one really does that anymore, since everything is CGI. As a former 3d animator I can appreciate CGI, but I've always thought traditional models/makeup effects look better. Excorcist is the scariest movies ever because the makeup effects are so visceral. I've yet to see another movie that borders anywhere near as disturbing as Excorcist. CGI takes something out of it for me. Sometimes (well most of the time) CGI doesnt make things easier.
Creating the city scapes in Blade Runner is rather easy when doing it in 3d. Heck thats how I started out in 3dsmax years ago. I would just create blocks with all sorts of things sticking out and hanging off, clone each object a few dozen times, rotate this, scale that, add some rain, some lights here and there and fog. When you say "I want this to look like Blade Runner" everyone knows what that means. But to do all this using scale models and specialty cameras, it was so....well analog! Few ppl do this today. I remember doing projects where I spent so many hours creating complex particle systems to replicate a waterfall or whatever. It never looked as good as filming real water (or sometimes salt, i.e. Phantom of the Menace) in a smaller scale using models.
I hope this remake will be good. At least RS is behind it not some hack like Paul W.S. Anderson. As for who should score the film, I wouldn't mind seeing Solar Fields have a go at it.
Also someone mentioned Neuromancer. I LOVED the book, but I dont think it could be made. For one, ppl who've never read the book would mistake it for some Matrix ripoff, which is curious given Neuromancer came out 15 years earlier or whatever so if anything Matrix is a poor ripoff of Neuromancer. But the public wouldnt care. The idea of a virtual reality interface for the internet has already been done to death in Hollywood. Shame, because I think the story would be great to see in film.
If there was a proper film, it would have to be kept in the times of the book. What I mean is that in the book they reference companies that dont exist, technology that is outdated (cassettes) etc. I want them to use old clicky keyboards, green/amber CRT monitors with CLI interfaces, floppies, cassette tapes etc. I want the film to look like it was made along side Blade Runner. And if such a film we're made, I'd want to hear Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly team up and do the score. But only stuff reminiscent of their earlier work, say before 1992. I think that would fit it nicely with a Neuromancer film.