Blade Runner 2099: Amazon Announces Live-Action Series
Amazon has announced Blade Runner 2099, a live-action TV sequel to the sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.
Per its title, the upcoming Blade Runner show will take place 50 years after the recent sequel, Blade Runner 2049, with showrunner Silka Luisa (Shining Girls) at the helm. Blade Runner director Ridley Scott and Blade Runner 2049 writer Michael Green will serve as executive producers. Tom Spezialy (The Leftovers) is the first to join the writer's room and will also executive produce.
“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,” said Amazon Studios head of global television, Vernon Sanders.
“We are beyond excited to continue to extend the Blade Runner canon into a new realm with the provocative storyline that Silka has created,” said Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs and co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. "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.”
Based on the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner 2099 will continue to expand the universe first created by Ridley Scott in Blade Runner. Starring Harrison Ford as Deckard, the titular Blade Runner, the film follows one man’s efforts to hunt down a gang of deadly replicants, while also facing questions about his own humanity.
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Blade Runner 2099 has been on the cards for a while, with Ridley Scott previously confirming that a full plot outline had been written for the show.
“We have already written the pilot for Blade Runner and the bible,” he said late last year. “So, we’re already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, probably the first 10 hours.”
Although an animated TV show, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, launched back last year, this project is the first live-action Blade Runner TV show. It’s currently unknown whether any characters from either Blade Runner or Blade Runner 2049 will return.
Want to read more about Blade Runner 2099? Check out Ridley Scott teasing the upcoming TV project and whether or not Dennis Villeneuve would make another Blade Runner sequel.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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