Amazon Studios has officially ordered to series Blade Runner 2099, an upcoming live-action limited series set in the Blade Runner universe.
The project is being produced by Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the film, television, and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011. A decade in and Alcon has already made a lasting impact on the franchise, financing and producing two critically acclaimed projects: the 2017 film Blade Runner 2049 and the 2021 anime series Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1982 Blade Runner movie, will serve as an executive producer on Blade Runner 2099 and was last reported to be in talks to direct an undisclosed number of episodes of the series. Silka Luisa (Shining Girls) wrote the script and is also executive producing the limited series.
In a statement, here’s what Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs and co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had to say about Blade Runner 2099:
“We are delighted to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon. And we are beyond excited to continue to extend the Blade Runner canon into a new realm with the provocative storyline that Silka has created. Audiences first discovered Ridley Scott’s brilliant vision for Blade Runner 40 years ago, and since then, it has become one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time. Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up sequel, Blade Runner 2049, then became one of the best reviewed sequels of all time. So, we recognize that we have a very high bar to meet with this next installment. Together with Silka and our partners at Amazon, and Scott Free Productions, we hope that we can live up to that standard and delight audiences with the next generation of Blade Runner.”
The series will pick up 50 years after the events of Blade Runner 2049, which itself picked up thirty years after Blade Runner. The project had been in priority development at Amazon Studios. In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of global television, Amazon Studios, seemed pretty stoked to be bringing the first live-action Blade Runner to Prime Video:
“The original Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, is considered one of the greatest and most influential science-fiction movies of all time, and we’re excited to introduce Blade Runner 2099 to our global Prime Video customers. We are honored to be able to present this continuation of the Blade Runner franchise, and are confident that by teaming up with Ridley, Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, and the remarkably talented Silka Luisa, Blade Runner 2099 will uphold the intellect, themes, and spirit of its film predecessors.”
No word yet on who might star in Blade Runner 2099. We’ll keep you posted.
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