For anyone who has ever seen a behind-the-scene-style film or TV show about the Hollywood filmmaking process, the concept of harsh notes from studio execs should be a familiar enough trope.
This was certainly the case for Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. While the film today is regarded as the standard to which all modern-day science-fiction films are judged against today, certain film execs were, to put it lightly, disappointed with the product in its intial form.
/Film recently unearthed (via Reddit user VanTrashcan) a document written by Jerry Perenchio, Bud Yorkin, and Robin French of Tandem Productions, a company that had helped to fund the film.
Written following a January 1982 screening of the film, the sheet compiles a list of negative notes about the film and how it should be re-edited. While some comments are warranted (the execs are highly critical of the infamous Harrison Ford voice-over, which was excised in later cuts), others feel a tad too incendiary (at one point the note reads, “this picture gets duller every time we see it”).
In any case, it’s a rare glimpse into some of the more brutal parts of the filmmaking post-production process.
Read the note for yourself below.