Amazon Studios has officially given a series order to the upcoming live-action TV adaptation of Blade Runner 2099, which will take place within the franchise’s film universe. Original director Ridley Scott is currently attached to the project as an executive producer.
“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,” Amazon Studios’ Head of Global Television Vernon Sanders said in a statement (via Variety). “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.”
The series will be a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, which starred Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps.
Executive producers are Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Alcon’s head of television Ben Roberts, David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger of Scott Free, Cynthia Yorkin, Frank Giustra, Isa Dick Hackett, and writer Tom Spezialy.
“We are delighted to continue our working relationship with our friends at Amazon,” Kosove and Johnson said. “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.’”
While Blade Runner 2049 was praised by fans and critics, the box office returns for the film weren’t exceptional, leading many to wonder if more projects set in the universe would occur. Outside of live-action content, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have recently partnered together to release the anime series Blade Runner: Black Lotus, which takes place in the year 2032 and also acts as a follow-up to the original film.