Blade Runner / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
What Book is Based on?
Blade Runner is loosely based on a
Philip K. Dick:
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 movie's title comes from Alan E. Nourse, who wrote a story called The
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 Blade Runner
are in name only. Nourse's title refers to people who deliver medical
instruments to outlaw doctors who can't obtain them legally.
Scott thought the title made a good codename for Deckard.
Some of the "visuals" were inspired by a story from
Jean Giraud) called
The Long Tomorrow in an issue of the French
Wonders of the Universe comic book series. 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."
Giraud did the costume design for the Walt Disney movie
Syd Mead did the mechanical design.