‘Blade Runner’ TV Series Hits Amazon, Ridley Scott Will Produce
Ridley Scott continues to exploit his filmography of sci-fi classics for television material. In addition to Noah Hawley’s upcoming “Alien” series for FX, Scott is set to produce a new show in the “Blade Runner” universe for Amazon. “Blade Runner 2099” will be a sequel to “Blade Runner 2049,” which is set 50 years after Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 film. Silka Luisa is writing and producing the show, and sources indicate the deadline that Ridley Scott could end up directing the project as well.
In late 2021, Scott teased that a 10-episode “Blade Runner” series was in development and purchased from streaming services, with a pilot script and series bible already completed. But today’s news marks the most information fans have received about the show’s actual plot. After the critical success of “Blade Runner 2049”, the fact that the series is a sequel should be good news for many fans.
As competition between streaming services intensifies, Amazon Prime is establishing itself as one of the dominant players in science fiction and fantasy. After reviving “The Expanse” for a sixth and final season, the tech giant has won a major bidding war to produce a new “Lord of the Rings” TV series, which is set to debut this fall. Teaming up with Ridley Scott on a “Blade Runner” series should continue to cement their status in the genre television space.
The original “Blade Runner”, an adaptation of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick was initially unappreciated by critics, but later became known as a science fiction classic. The sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” which saw Harrison Ford reprise his role and Ryan Gosling join the franchise, breathed new life into the series. Since then, the “Blade Runner” franchise has expanded across multiple platforms. “Blade Runner: Black Lotus,” an anime set between the two films in 2032, debuted on Adult Swim in 2021. The show’s producers, Alcon Entertainment, are also planning a massive push in games and merchandise. consumer using “Blade Runner” characters.
Scott, who is 84, continues to maintain a fast work pace. After releasing “The Last Duel” and “House of Gucci” in 2021, he’s set to shoot his next Napoleon biopic, “Napoleon,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, this spring. After that, he’s expected to get down to work on his long-awaited sequel “Gladiator.”