Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 didn’t fare so well at the box office, but it’s still getting a sequel of sorts, albeit on a smaller screen.
As reported by Deadline, Amazon Studios is developing a new live-action Blade Runner series, one that will serve as a follow-up to the 2017 film starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Dubbed Blade Runner 2099, the new series will presumably take place decades after Villeneuve’s film and reveal the fates of some of the franchise’s leading characters.
Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1982 sci-fi classic, is executive producing Blade Runner 2099, but sources suggest that he might be back in the director’s chair for some or all of the show’s episodes. Scott’s upcoming projects include Gladiator 2 and another Alien prequel, according to his IMDb page.
‘Blade Runner 2099’ Live-Action Sequel Series From Ridley Scott, Silka Luisa & Alcon In Works At Amazon Studios (Deadline)
- Silka Luisa, showrunner of Apple TV+’s upcoming Elisabeth Moss-fronted drama series Shining Girls, is writing and exec producing Blade Runner 2099, which comes from Alcon Entertainment in association with Scott Free Productions and Amazon Studios.
- The 2017 sequel, which is set in 2049, starred Ryan Gosling as a replicant blade runner, who uncovers a secret that threatens to destabilize society. Ford and Olmos reprised their roles from the original and it also featured Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.
- Blade Runner 2099 was taken to the streaming market last fall. When Scott in November teased the project, telling the BBC that a pilot and a bible had been written without sharing further details, talks with Amazon Studios had already been underway.